Kate McKinnon, a Saturday Night Live featured player since 2012, won the American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV at a ceremony Thursday night.
Before she was on SNL, she was a star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show. McKinnon is SNL‘s first openly lesbian cast member (Danitra Vance, also the first African American woman to be a repertory player on the show, wasn’t out during her run) and only third LGBT cast member ever. Last year she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on SNL, but did not win.
She’s largely known for her skill at celebrity impressions, whether it’s a perky and mischievous Ellen DeGeneres, a defiantly confident Billy Jean King headed to the Sochi Olympics or a smoldering hot Justin Bieber. She, along with Aidy Bryant, is also the co-creator and one half of “Dyke and Fats,” probably the funniest thing SNL has done in years.
Other awards went to Amy Poehler for Best Actress in a TV Show (Parks and Recreation), Melissa McCarthy for Best Actress in a Film (The Heat), Katie Dippold for Best Screenplay (The Heat) and Maria Bamford for Best Club Comic.