American actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer was born on November 14, 1981 in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Orange High School and in 2004, completed her education at the University of Pennsylvania. While studying, she worked as an intern on shows like Sesame Street and even Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Also during that time, Vanessa Bayer became part of the cast of Bloomers, the school's all-female musical sketch comedy troupe. Upon graduation, however, she found herself searching for roles. She was cast on Off the Cuff in 2009, and played the character Jocelyn on the short film Stages of Emily. She also had performances at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, Annoyance Theater and even at Second City.
Her big break came in 2010, when she was hired as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. She became a featured player on season 36 of the show, doing impressions of actors like Miley Cyrus and Kourtney Kardashian. She also impersonated Hillary Clinton, as well as Dianna Agron from the show Glee.