Kristen Wiig may be the ultimate funny lady of the moment, and is without a doubt one of my favorite funny ladies. Rumors are currently circulating that this could be her last season on Saturday Night Live. While nothing has been confirmed, it would seem that after the success of Bridesmaids, Wiig has certainly proven she can have success outside of the show.
While I would be very sad to see her leave SNL, I know that she will produce great, funny things in the future, no matter what she chooses to do at the end of this season. Here are a few links to clips of my favorite Kristen Wiig moments:
In this famous parody of the PBS program, Kristen Wiig plays “Dooneese” the disturbingly-small handed member of a group of singing sisters. Terrorizing the male musical guest in the skit and generally ruining the song are all Dooneese’s specialties.
In “Garth and Kat” Wiig and Fred Armisen play a singing duo who appear on Weekend Update to promote albums and sing seasonal songs. The thing is, neither the characters (nor Wiig and Armisen) rehearse before performing. General hilarity, including the actors in the scene openly laughing, ensues. In an article from Splitsider.com, Wiig talked about the skit, calling those 2 minutes of winging it on live TV “freeing.”
Wiig has played Bjork in a few skits on SNL, including appearances on Weekend Update. What’s so funny to me about this character is that Wiig is somehow capable of an icelandic accent. That, and the fact that she says things like “would you like to hold my invisible baby?”
Although this clip is not from Saturday Night Live, nor is it actually in Bridesmaids, I think this deleted scene shows how funny Wiig can be. These improvised takes didn’t even make it into the movie, and yet they are hilarious.
“Judy Grimes,” a speed-talking, super-nervous travel expert appears on Weekend Update with the pretense of giving advice to viewers. However, her out of control nerves continually get the better of her, and she adds “just kidding” to the end of everything she says, causing a whirlwind of confused, circular logic. Judy puts Penelope (another fast-talking SNL character) to shame.