About Vanessa Polster Bayer
Bayer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents Todd and Carolyn. She attended Orange High School, and graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, majoring in communications. Her older brother Jonah is a music journalist and has written for various music and guitar magazines, as well as appearing as a music correspondent on Fuse TV. Bayer is a leukemia survivor, which she battled throughout her childhood after being diagnosed with the disease at a young age.
While attending college, she interned on the television shows Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and participated in the cast of Bloomers (an all-female musical and sketch comedy troupe). Bayer is Jewish and was part of the all-Jewish cast of Second City's stage show "Jewsical: The Musical", a live musical that presented a comedic take on Jewish life and culture.
Bayer performed improvisational comedy at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, where she trained with fellow future SNL castmate Paul Brittain as well as the Annoyance Theater and Second City. Bayer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 25, 2010. Her celebrity impressions include Kourtney Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, and Hillary Clinton.