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Melissa Anne Villaseñor (born October 9, 1987 in Whittier, California) is an American comedian, actress, impressionist, voice artist, singer, and visual artist best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live since 2016, becoming the show's second Latina cast member after Noël Wells, the first Latina cast member to last more than a season, and the first SNL cast member who was a contestant on a reality show. There was also a time where Villaseñor was one of the youngest female cast members on the show (beating out Aidy Bryant by five months),note  but that record has since been shattered by Ego Nwodim (youngest current female cast member of color, born 1988) and newcomer Lauren Holt (youngest current white female cast member, born 1991). Still, Villaseñor is the youngest Latina cast member, as Noël Wells was born in 1986.


Though she only has two recurring characters so far (a nameless girl who engages in dirty talk with her boyfriend, only to take the game too far by making the dirty talk disturbing, and Janet, an office worker in the short-lived recurring sketch where Kenan Thompson plays a security guard whose politically incorrect misconduct is excused because he's an old, black man while the boss [played by James Franco in one episode and Scarlett Johansson in another] is chastised for minor offenses [usually an awkward conversation starter or a bad joke that calls for a mere admonition rather than being fired for it]), Villaseñor is more well-known for her spot-on celebrity impressions. Some examples (both on and off SNL) include: Nora Ephron (which was used on the Family Guy episode "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"), Dolly Parton, Macaulay Culkin (as his character Kevin MacCallister from the Home Alone movies),note  Lady Gaga, Sally Hawkins from The Shape of Water, Tekashi 6ix9ine (yes, really), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ariana Grande,note  Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez, former SNL cast members Kristen Wiig, Sarah Silverman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, current (as of 2020) cast member Kate McKinnon,note  and even former SNL writer, John Mulaney.


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