‘Saturday Night Live’s Saying Goodbye to Vanessa Bayer

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Vanessa Bayer during the “Totinos” sketch on January 31, 2017 on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Photo by: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC)

Vanessa Bayer confirmed she’s leaving Saturday Night Live after seven years as a regular member of the cast. Bayer’s announcement comes just days after it was revealed Bobby Moynihan would be exiting the late night series after nine years to star in the new CBS comedy, Me, Myself & I. The May 20, 2017 SNL episode hosted by Dwayne Johnson will be the final show as regular cast members for both Bayer and Moynihan.

Bayer broke the news to fans by posting a note on Instagram: “Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories. It has been a dream come true. And thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table, Colin.”

Vanessa Bayer Biography, Courtesy of SNL: Bayer burst onto the scene during her debut season with her impression of Miley Cyrus in the wildly popular sketch The Miley Cyrus Show. She has continued to wow audiences with her impressions as well as her recurring characters Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy and the ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring-pitchwoman Becky.

Bayer came to the cast of SNL from iO Chicago, the Annoyance and the Second City. She starred in the acerbic puppet show “Felt” and the improv team “Revolver” at iO Chicago, wrote and performed in the Annoyance Theatre’s “Swear Jar” and performed stand-up at Zanies.

Originally from Cleveland, Bayer received her degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. While in college, she interned at Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and was a member of Bloomers, a storied all-female comedy troupe.

Bayer lent her voice to Universal Pictures’ animated feature Despicable Me 2 and stars in the web series “Sound Advice with Janessa Slater” that she co-created with her brother Jonah for Broadway Video’s Above Average. She recently starred in the box office hit, Trainwreck alongside Amy Schumer. Bayer will next be seen in Susan Johnson’s independent feature, Carrie Pilby, as well as the Dreamworks feature Office Christmas Party. Bayer recently wrapped production on the indie film The Polka King.