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Two Funny Ladies Share a Birthday Today, September 16

Happy Birthday today, September 16, to two members of the “League of Extraordinarily Funny Women...” (*) ! 

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 We’re talking about comic geniuses who breathed life into Saturday Night Live’s bespectacled schoolgirl “Mary Katherine Gallagher” and “Hillary Clinton” characters – Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler, respectively. 

Shannon, a Shaker Heights, Ohio, native, turns 55 today. (**) Among her characters is the head-strong student-in-uniform, Mary Katherine Gallagher, who desperately craves attention while wreaking havoc in the process. At the end of her predictable debacles, Mary Katherine basks in the moment, claiming personal victory with arms held high, fingers pointing skyward and exclaiming “Superstar!” to bemused onlookers.  

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Poehler “not only gifted fans with unforgettable characters and impersonations, she also made history as the first woman to co-anchor the [SNL] Weekend Update news desk with another female cast member: Tina Fey....” (*) Poehler, born in Burlington, Massachusetts, is celebrating her 48th birthday today. (**) 


(*) From the book, “The League Of Extraordinarily Funny Women – 50 Trailblazers of Comedy” by Sheila Moeschen. Published in 2019 by Running Press, Philadelphia. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

(**) From “2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events” published in 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

Looking for laughs? You’re at the right place – MidPointe Library! Find biographies and more about these two comediennes and “Saturday Night Live” in our collection at: > Amy Poehler (or Molly Shannon or Saturday Night Live) 

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