Oct. 24th, 1980
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Casey Wilson was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, along with her younger brother, Fletcher Todd Wilson, a medical device engineer. She graduated from T. C. Williams High School in 1998 and studied theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she was a recipient of NYU's "Excellence in Acting" award when graduating in 2002. She is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised Baptist.
Wilson's parents both worked in politics, she credits her politically opposed parents (her mother was a Democrat, her father a Republican) in shaping her sense of humor while growing up, "having no choice but to hone a well-developed sense of humor in a blue-state/red-state, forever-clashing political household", as she put it in an interview with Washington Flyer. Her father, Paul O. Wilson, is a political strategist and consultant who runs campaigns for Republican party candidates. Her mother, Kathleen Anne "Kathy" Wilson (née Higdon), was a women's rights advocate and served as the chairwoman of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) throughout the 1980s. Under Kathy's leadership, the NWPC endorsed Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential election. Kathy retired from politics in the late 1980s, switching to a career in early childhood education, she served as the director of Alexandria's Abracadabra Child Care and Development Center preschool since 1991. Kathy died of heart failure at age 54 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on September 1, 2005. Casey and her family continue to run "The Kathy Wilson Foundation", a charitable organization honoring her late mother's work in helping children with special needs.
Wilson's passion for performing began at an early age, stating that her first memorable exposure to theater came when her father took her to New York City to see a production of Cats, inspiring her to create her own plays. When she was nine years old, her father built her a homemade stage in the family's backyard, where she put on plays with other children from the neighborhood. From there, she started taking singing and acting lessons as a teenager. She would also become heavily involved in her high school's theater program, starring in (and occasionally directing) many of the school's plays and musicals, including a production of The Sound of Music, where she played the lead role of Maria.
While studying acting at the Stella Adler School of Dramatic Arts, Wilson had originally set out to be a serious actress; she was selected as "best dramatic actress" in her class, but later started to consider comedy at the suggestion of an acting teacher. After graduating from NYU in 2002, Wilson and her best friend from college, June Diane Raphael, began studying improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, where they would eventually run their two-woman sketch show for a number of years.
After auditioning in late 2007, Wilson was hired in January 2008 to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, succeeding departing cast member Maya Rudolph. However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, she did not make her first appearance as a cast member until the show returned in February 2008; she was the first new addition to the cast in over two years, and was also the first SNL cast member to have been born in the 1980s. Wilson's most memorable work on SNL included celebrity impressions of, among others, Rachael Ray, Elizabeth Dole, Elizabeth Taylor, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Aniston, as well as original characters such as Dusty Velvet, "the paralyzed stripper"; and Toni Ward, co-host of "The Cougar Den". After spending two seasons on SNL, Wilson was let go from the show before the start of the 2009–2010 season. When asked how she felt about her SNL departure in an October 2009 interview, Wilson said: "My mindset is good. I did it for a year and a half. I don't think it will ultimately define my career. And it wasn't the best fit for me.
Wilson married comedy writer David Caspe on May 25, 2014 in Ojai, California. The ceremony was officiated by Wilson's brother Fletcher, who became a Universal Life minister for the event. Wilson and Caspe originally met in early 2010 when she auditioned for his ABC series Happy Endings and started dating a year later in July 2011. They got engaged over Labor Day weekend in September 2013. On November 13, 2014, US Weekly reported the couple are expecting their first child in spring 2015.
Wilson and her family maintain the charitable Kathy Wilson Foundation, established in 2005, which focuses on children with special needs. Her father Paul Wilson serves as president, with Casey and her brother Fletcher serving as vice presidents. The foundation also gives out donations and grants to local area preschools and childcare centers in Virginia every year.