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Vanessa Bayer
Date of Birth: November 14, 1981
Years on SNL: As Cast Member:
March 10, 2018

Vanessa Bayer (born November 14, 1981), is a Cleveland native, American actress and comedienne who joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in September 2010.

Bayer was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the show's 36th season. Prior to joining SNL, she performed improvisational comedy at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, Annoyance Theater, and Second City. She had previously appeared in a commercial for Blue Cross/Blue Shield,[1] and had auditioned for the Planters commercial "cashew perfume," but was not chosen[2] (it eventually aired during Super Bowl XLII).

Bayer was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for her work on SNL.

In the March 10, 2018 episode, she returned to the show for a cameo appearance as her character Dawn Lazarus on Weekend Update.



  • Addi "News Flash" Sweeney
  • Dawn Lazarus
  • KCA'S hostess Jesse Kerk-Fatone
  • Jacob
  • Kaddafi's best friend from growing up
  • Karen
  • Melanie (Supermarket Spree contestant)
  • Ms. Meadows
  • Rosa
  • Pippa
  • Rebecca Stern-Marcowitz-san
  • Toni
  • Richard the third's best friend growing up.
  • Laura Parsons
  • Brecky (Ex-porn star turned sales lady)


SNL CareerEdit

  • 2010-2012: Featured Player
  • 2012-2017: Repertory Player
  • March 10, 2018: Cameo


  • Because of the Season 40 intro, she is wearing her green two piece dress she wore from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. This intro is also used as the Season 41's opening credits and the Season 42's opening credits.
  • Vanessa's brother Jonah appears with her in the live-action opening sequences from season 36 and season 40.


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