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Funny girls Vanessa Bayer, left, and Kate McKinnon share a secret in passing during Thursday's McNeese performance. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Funny girls Vanessa Bayer, left, and Kate McKinnon share a secret in passing during Thursday's McNeese performance. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Live from Lake Charles it's 'The Girls of SNL'

Last Modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:59 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

In celebration of McNeese State University’s 75th anniversary, two cast members from NBC’s Saturday Night Live performed comedy acts Tuesday night in F.G. Bulber Auditorium.

“Live from Lake Charles ... it’s me burping up smoked sausage and kraut from the Isle of Capri buffet,” comedienne Kate McKinnon told the audience of mostly students and alumni. “That ... does not go away. That is a flavor I’m not used to having in my immediate airspace.”

For the event titled “Girls of SNL,” McKinnon joined CollegeHumor.com’s Streeter Seidell and fellow-cast member and comedienne Vanessa Bayer for the three 30-minute acts.

“I would like to issue a formal apology to Vanessa and Streeter for how I hot boxed the car on the way over here,” said McKinnon, who joined the SNL cast in 2012. She is mostly known for her celebrity impressions of Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz.

In Bayer’s act, she recalled a conversation she had with her agent before being cast on SNL in 2010.

“‘Vanessa, you’re not the typical, gorgeous, long-legged, enchanting woman but your quirky,’” she said her agent told her. “I think in general quirky is what you call a woman who dresses really funky but isn’t real cute.”

She added that her first audition was for a commercial for Planter’s Peanuts, which was seeking a “very unattractive woman.”

“I got to this audition and was like ‘Am I competing with you guys’ because I kind of think I want you to win,” she said.

As a child, Bayer was diagnosed with Leukemia and now uses the experience as part of her comedy routine.

“As you know, especially in the south, when someone gives you a present you have to write a “Thank you” note,” said Bayer, who then recited what she remembered the letters sounding like. “Dear Aunt Patsy, having cancer really stinks, but the gold bracelet you sent me is so pretty. Each time I wear it I feel like the most stylish girl...in my bedroom.”

In another letter, she wrote, “Dear Bayer family in Australia, I don’t know you guys very well, but you obviously know me because I can’t think of anything more uplifting to receive after being diagnosed with a life threatening disease than a bronze clock with zoo animals on it.”

“You can imagine how many hours and hours of fun I’ll get out of this gift...literally...while I’m waiting for my blood transfusions to end. Love, Vanessa.”

Bayer joked that “just because you’ve gone through something like cancer doesn’t make you a good person.”

Of the more than 1,000 in attendance, Kerri Racca, a sophomore social studies education major, said she thought all three were “really funny” but specifically liked Bayer’s Miley Cyrus impression.

“I’ve seen it on SNL so it was really funny to see it in person,” Racca said. “All three of them were funny. It was cool to see someone from TV come in to our school and be able to perform for us.”

Colten Miller, a student on the 75th anniversary committee, said he thought the show was a hit with both students and the community.

“This was the first time that McNeese has done something this big since I’ve been student, and I’m very lucky that I got to experience it,” said Miller, who is also a Student Union Board member. “Students that were not able to attend this event missed out. It was cool to see McNeese students and the Southwest Louisiana community come together to share some laughs.”

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