Ana Gasteyer on 'SNL,' 'Mean Girls' and Her Show at Woodlawn

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Your "One Mint Julep" music video is great. What was the idea behind it?

It’s the first video we did from the album. The goal was to have a great time and sing a song from the era that I love. That’s definitely what the video does. I wanted it to be a really fun, highly-entertaining song that didn’t take itself too seriously.

You recently met Martha Stewart on Late Night with Seth Meyers and did a funny bit where you fake apologize to her for your Saturday Night Live impersonation of her. Was that the first time you actually met her?

No, I had met her a few times, but this time was very memorable and fun because she was up for the challenge. Back when I was on SNL, she was pretty big about having me come around. She always understood imitation is a form of flattery. She’s always been gracious about it.

Have you ever run into anyone else you’ve spoofed before?

I’ve actually met all of them—Celine Dion, Hillary Clinton, Joan Rivers—at one point or another.

As a comedian, was Joan Rivers someone you looked up to in the industry?

She was like heroine for those of us who grew up under her influence. She had a great sense of humor about herself. She was self-deprecating, appreciative and kind.

It’s been 25 years since you graduated from Northwestern, and they just invited you back to lead their homecoming parade. I’m guessing you might be the funniest alum to come out of that school even though I’m sure Stephen Colbert would disagree.

Well, Colbert and Seth Meyers were both there, so I’m not sure I am the funniest. Chicago is the birthplace of improvisational comedy, so it had a huge influence on all of us and what we became. It was incredibly fun to go back and celebrate with my classmates. I was so proud.

You parodied Hillary Clinton during your time on SNL. How much influence do you think a show like that has on politics today?

The job of the show has always been to reflect back what’s funny about the state of politics. It’s getting messier and messier now, so there is more to make fun of. Hopefully, that’s in a positive way, but I’m not so sure.

It’s more than likely that Clinton is going to run for President in 2016. Do you think the actresses that are playing her now on SNL have more pressure on them than you or Amy Poehler did?

I don’t think any actor goes in hoping to have a voice in an election. I don’t think it’s in our agenda. Our job is just to have fun and be entertaining.

It’s the 10 year anniversary of Mean Girls. Did you ever think that in only a decade, this comedy would become such a classic?

It’s crazy. It’s really exciting. I mean, I think part of it is because it is set in high school, and everybody likes to make fun of high school in movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Heathers. They do have this timeless quality to them. It’s nice to be a part of that for people.

Ana Gasteyer w/ Seth Rudetsky, $75-100 (Use promo code 25OFF for $25 off your ticket price), 7:30 p.m., November 8, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388,

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