19 Reasons Kate McKinnon Is A Gift To Us All

Stop with those glorious impressions, Kate, because you are perfect just the way you are.

Kate McKinnon has been absolutely crushing it since she signed on with Saturday Night Live in early 2012.

And that’s no surprise, as she happens to be a perfect human being.

1. She isn’t afraid to be completely herself.


She is the first openly gay female cast member of SNL.

2. She gives solid and thoughtful advice.

3. Asks the tough questions.

4. And is pretty much an all-knowing genius.

5. She can’t help but nail every single impression she attempts.


6. In fact, her Ellen Degeneres impression was so spot-on I’m surprised it didn’t cause the end of the world as we know it.


7. When it comes to partying, she has her priorities straight.

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8. And she knows the importance of memorizing the lyrics to a few choice songs:


9. She understands the value of a solid workout routine.

Watch her guide to power walking. You won’t regret it.

10. She is a bundle of energy, an unstoppable force the likes of which have never been seen.

11. Let’s face it; she is a stone-cold weirdo and proud of it.

She loves playing “characters who are not at all aware of how weird they’re being, who press on with the joy and confidence even though they should probably just stay home.”

12. She doesn’t know the meaning of “fear” or “personal boundaries.”

13. She once said, “If you asked me to seriously kiss someone on a screen, I would be very uncomfortable. But I will lick any part of your face.”


14. Obviously, she was funny long before her debut on SNL.

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15. On The Big Gay Sketch Show she got away with saying things like this:

16. In her effort to be the most talented woman alive, she has studied the piano, guitar, and cello.

17. But she stays down-to-earth, even letting her mom pick out clothes for her.

18. She is the most lovable self-proclaimed “crazy bitch” you’ll ever meet:

19. She didn’t get into comedy for the fame or fortune – she got into it for the simple joy of spreading laughter.

She performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade for five years, unpaid.


And she is damn good at that.

So thank you, lovely Kate Mckinnon…

… for being a gift to us all.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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