Melissa Villaseñor performing in 2013

Melissa Villaseñor (born October 9, 1987) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and impressionist who replaced Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge for Ralph Breaks the Internet. She is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live, having joined in the forty-second season.[1]


Villaseñor was a semi-finalist in season 6 of America's Got Talent. She has also done voice work for the animated shows Adventure Time, Family Guy and TripTank.[2]

Saturday Night Live

Villaseñor was introduced as a featured player on the October 1, 2016, episode of SNL alongside Mikey Day and Alex Moffat. Her debut was an impression of Sarah Silverman in the "Family Feud: Celebrity Edition" sketch.[3] Villaseñor is the first Latina cast member in SNL history.[4] She was promoted to the cast of repertory players in season 44.[5]

Personal life

Villaseñor grew up in Whittier, CA and attended Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, CA. At fifteen, Villaseñor started stand up at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp in Hollywood, CA.[6][7]


  1. Wilstein, Matt (September 12, 2016). SNL's First Latina Cast Member Melissa Villaseñor Is an Impression Machine. The Daily Beast. October 1, 2016.
  2. Slead, Evan (September 12, 2016). Who is Melissa Villaseñor? Get to know SNL's newest cast member. Entertainment Weekly. October 1, 2016.
  3. Evans, Greg (October 2, 2016). ‘SNL’ Surprise: Newcomers Mikey Day, Alex Moffat & Melissa Villaseñor Actually Make Good, Strong Impressions. Deadline. December 9, 2018.
  4. Villafañe, Veronica. SNL Starts New Season With Debut Of First Latina Cast Member, Latino Writer And Lin-Manuel Miranda. March 21, 2017.
  5. Blair, Elizabeth (September 29, 2018). A Top Impressionist, Melissa Villaseñor Is Finding Her Own Voice On 'SNL'. NPR. October 2, 2018.
  6. Andrews, Travis M. (September 13, 2016). Melissa Villaseñor, of ‘America’s Got Talent’ fame, becomes SNL’s first Latina cast member. Washiington Post. 4 April 2018.
  7. Staff. Melissa Villasenor. USA Network. 4 April 2018.

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