Ana Gasteyer Premieres "Elegant Songs From A Handsome Woman"
Ana Gasteyer, perhaps best known from "Saturday Night Live," has a new live show premiering called “Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman.” NY1’s Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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She may not be the greatest singer of all time, but she played one on TV.
Beyond her comical impersonations of Celine Dion and others on “Saturday Night Live,” Ana Gasteyer has shown she has serious singing talent as well, belting it out in Broadway's “Wicked” and more.
Now the former SNL star is bringing her musical talents to Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency. Her new show is called “Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman.” The title came from a conversation with her mom.
“She told me I had developed into a very handsome woman, which is really a disgusting way of saying you’re pretty, but it just made me laugh,” said Gasteyer.
The actress certainly knows a lot about laughter.
“I did Celine Dion, it was such a crazy overnight sensation,” said Gasteyer. “I mean she’s such an amazing vocalist, but I do talk about her a little bit in my act because I think she thought the whole joke was what a lousy singer I was.”
Even though it's been nearly a decade since Gasteyer was a regular on SNL, there are some things fans just never forget, like her lampoon of NPR alongside Alec Baldwin that is now known to some as the “schwetty balls” sketch.
“It was a very popular sketch while I was on the show, but Alec has become such a huge star since, and he's actually told me that of all the things he’s ever done in his career, the schwetty balls is the thing that has resonated,” said Gasteyer.
This came through when Gasteyer sang the national anthem at a White Sox game a few years back.
“Somebody yelled out from the crowd ‘schwetty balls,’” said Gasteyer. “It has this crazy, massive popularity that’s kind of had a half life since I left the show. Ben and Jerry's is coming out with a schwetty balls ice cream for Christmas this year.”
As for her cabaret show, Gasteyer says it’s not about being "the greatest singer or all time," but providing audiences with an entertaining and intimate experience.
For more information on Gasteyer's show, visit feinsteinsattheregency.com.