Sheila Shay

Played by Ana Gasteyer


SHEILA SHAY has modeled her life after every cover of The Saturday Evening Post, and it just couldn’t have worked out better. She has a cardigan-wearing husband in the blissfully passive Fred, an Adonis-like son in the wonderfully bone-structured Ryan, and… a daughter? Does she have a daughter? She does. Her name’s… Well, it’s moot, because all the children of Chatswin are hers since she’s the head of the PTA. She also has the most beautiful roses on the block and makes a Thanksgiving turkey that Norman Rockwell would crawl out of his grave to paint. She truly is the quintessential attentive, loving, suburban housewi-- Lisa! Her daughter’s name is Lisa. And she is… around here somewhere.


Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live. During her six-year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters, including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She recently returned to SNL as Margaret Jo in "NPR'S Delicious Dish" and the now infamous "Muffin Top" sketch with Betty White, which Gasteyer created and wrote. She also recently appeared opposite Larry David in the latest season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

On stage, Gasteyer made her triumphant Broadway debut as Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show. Since then, she has earned raves as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, and originated the role for the Chicago production, earning a Jefferson Award nomination. Other New York theater credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway productions of The Royal Family, directed by Doug Hughes, The Threepenny Opera, with Alan Cumming and Jim Dale, Eve Ensler's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues, and Manhattan Theatre Club's hit production of Kimberly Akimbo, by celebrated playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Gasteyer starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girlat the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; as Fosca in Gary Griffin's production of Sondheim's Passion at The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, earning a Jefferson Award nomination for her performance, and co-starred in the one-night-only, star-studded Actors Fund benefit concerts of Funny Girl, Hair and A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser. In addition, she can be heard on the Actor's Fund Recording of Hair and the Reefer Madness Soundtrack. Other theatrical credits include the national tour of The Real Live Brady Bunch, as well as productions of The Odyssesy and The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, both directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Prior to joining SNL, Gasteyer honed her comedy skills at "The Groundlings," the famed Los Angeles improv-sketch comedy group.

On film she has been seen in Dare, Mean Girls, The Women, "PeeplesRapture-PaloozaFun SizeWhat Women WantWoman on TopDick, and What's the Worst that Could Happen? Television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Wife, Chuck, Showtime's Reefer Madness, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock from the Sun, NYPD Blue, Mad About You, Law & Order, Party of Five, Seinfeld (the "Soup Nazi" episode), as well as guest hosting The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Live with Regis and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Gasteyer is currently working on her first music album, "Let it Rip," based on her acclaimed retro-nightclub act. The album will released in 2014.