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Her First SNL Appearance: Is Vanessa Bayer SNL’s next Cheri Oteri? (VIDEOS)

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn

If you missed SNL on Saturday night you missed seeing Penn alum Vanessa Bayer’s (C’04, Bloomers) enthusiastic energy and smile planted in a good number of sketches. In fact, her face was the first to open the show in a sketch where she played a secretary announcing Christine O’Donnell’s arrival at the Republican National Committee Headquarters.

Having been a fan of SNL now for almost 25 years, it is clear to me that Vanessa’s got “it”.  As I watched her through the show, it became clear to me that she reminded me of a young Cheri Oteri…. super committed to her characters with that great smile!  …I realized this during the sketch when she played a woman lunching commenting on how fantastic her friend’s “tiny hat” was.

After the jump check out the “Wedding Venue: it could happen” and “Tiny Hat” sketches she appeared in and screengrabs from all her appearances throughout the show (including the magical look from Vanessa in the show’s final “goodbye” moments)!



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Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Vanessa playing a secretary announcing that Christine O’Donnell
has arrived at the Republican National Committee Headquarters

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Vanessa in this season’s opening credits

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Guest host Amy Poehler quickly refers to this season’s
“new cast” in her monologue

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Vanessa as host in opening sequence for sketch she doesn’t
appear in.  Fred Armisen “fills in” for host as audience members ask
him awkward questions.

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Vanessa in “Wedding Venue: it could happen” (see video
above) short playing a lesbian couple with Amy Poehler

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Vanessa in “Wedding Venue: it could happen” (see video
above) short playing a lesbian couple with Amy Poehler

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
Defining moment: Vanessa plays a woman lunching with Abby Elliot
and comments on how fantastic her friend’s “tiny hat” was.

Vanessa Bayer and SNL and UPenn
The magical look from Vanessa in the show’s final “goodbye” realizing she’s a fixture on SNL!
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