Katie Rich is an American comedy writer and actress best known for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Rich was raised on the south side of Chicago, where she attended the grammar school St. Bede's, until her family moved to the suburb of Orland Park, Illinois. She graduated from Carl Sandburg High School and Northwestern University.
Rich began her career at Chicago's iO Theater, where she was part of an opening act called "The Katydids", a group composed of six women whose nicknames were derived from Katherine. During her time at iO, Rich also performed in a sketch show that she created with fellow comedian Kate Duffy called The Mary Kay Letourneau Players Present. She left iO to join The Second City, a comedy troupe with which she toured for three and a half years before moving to its mainstage cast. While in the mainstage cast, Rich performed in the show South Side of Heaven, among others.
Saturday Night Live
In December 2013, Rich was hired to write for Saturday Night Live. She was recommended for the job by SNL cast member Cecily Strong, a friend of Rich's who was her understudy during her time at The Second City.Rich is one of four writers who work exclusively on SNL's Weekend Update segment.
On January 20, 2017, following President Donald Trump's inauguration, Rich tweeted about Trump's youngest son, 10-year old Barron, saying he "will be this country's first homeschool shooter." NBC quickly suspended Rich and had her name deleted from the Saturday Night Live closing credits. After widespread criticism, Rich deleted the tweet and deactivated her account, reactivating it on January 23 with an apology for what she called her "insensitive" and "inexcusable" comments. On January 26, 2017, Trump responded to Rich's tweet by calling Rich "terrible" and saying, "For them to attack, for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son ... It’s a disgrace."
As of August 10, 2017, Rich had returned to SNL, credited as one of the writers on the SNL spinoff Weekend Update: Summer Edition.
Rich has appeared in the films Ice Harvest (2005) and Bad Johnson (2014).
Rich has appeared in commercials for Discover Card and Walmart.
In 2015, she and her fellow Saturday Night Live writers were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series.
In July 2015, Rich married Devlin Murdock, who worked at the Museum of Science and Industry and later as a programs director for Recovery on Water, a rowing club for breast cancer survivors. As of at least September 2015, she divides her time between New York City and Chicago.
Rich has revealed that she suffers from anxiety and panic disorder.
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