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Bayer came to the cast of SNL from iO Chicago, The Annoyance and The Second City, having trained in the Chicago area and performed as an understudy for The Second City's Mainstage and touring company. She starred in the acerbic puppet show "Felt" and the improv team "Revolver" at iO Chicago, wrote and performed in the Annoyance Theatre's "Swear Jar" and performed stand-up at Zanies.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bayer received her degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. While in college, she interned at "Sesame Street" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and was a member of Bloomers, a storied all-female comedy troupe.
Bayer lent her voice to Universal Pictures' animated feature, "Despicable Me 2" and will be starring in the web series "Sound Advice with Janessa Slater" that she co-created with her brother Jonah for Broadway Video's Above Average. She will next be seen in "The Mindy Project."
Bayer currently resides in New York City. Her birthday is November 14.