Ana Gasteyer can sing — and we’re not just talking about her hamming it up with Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live.
Although she made her name as a comedian, Gasteyer is a classically trained singer as well — although she didn’t really sing in Fox’s Grease: Live!, she’s owned the stage in musicals like Wicked and Rocky Horror. A versatile vocalist, she can swing between genres vintage and modern within the space of a single song.
Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering a clip of Gasteyer singing Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” from the new music TV series The Kate. Gasteyer gives the 21st century country hit a smooth jazz makeover, sounding and looking like she’s singing in 1950s Manhattan lounge — she even wraps with a bit of “Fever,” the sultry ballad made popular by Peggy Lee.
This live performance is part of the season one premiere of The Kate, a new music TV series on public TV stations nationally and TheKate.TV that highlights a different rule-breaking female performer each week.
Gasteyer’s hour-long episode — which debuts Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. ET on TheKate.tv — captures the SNL alum in concert as she tells stories and puts a new spin on classic songs.
Named after Katherine Hepburn, The Kate is filmed in front of a live audience at the historic 250-seat Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
The Kate will also feature Rickie Lee Jones, Jarrod Spector, The Ann Wilson Thing, Barb Jungr and Rita Wilson on future episodes, which come out every Saturday through April 23 on TheKate.tv. Ann Wilson, of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, has an especially promising episode, which boasts covers of Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield.
Watch an exclusive preview of Gasteyer’s episode of The Kate above and get more info here.