Friday, December 31, 2010

Bridesmaids coming on May 13, 2011!

Happy New Year!

This is just a gentle reminder that Bridesmaids is coming up!

“Bridesmaids” (May 13)
Before you say, “‘Bride Wars,” this has a great cast (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm) and Judd Apatow producing.

More 2011 movies here:

Their little blurb has a good point though. It's ironic that this concept isn't too far from Bride Wars and that Bride Wars was written by Kristen's former SNL costar, Casey Wilson (who also played a small role in it). That said, this is good business. Bride Wars is long gone and so this one shouldn't hurt it. If anything it might boost its DVD sales slightly.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did SNL get the Kristen Wiig memo?

...In February of last year, I wrote a rant where I complained about the overexposure of Wiig, who was at one time my favorite new "SNL" cast member. But the exposure itself wasn't the problem – it was Wiig's tendency to play characters that, if they showed up at a party you were at, you would leave the party. She never played anyone sweet, or friendly, or even just strange. Her characters all had one thing in common: they were incredibly annoying. And they were in every other skit. I'd had enough, and so I posted "Memo to Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig must be stopped." ...

And that's why I feel so awful. I never intended to be the lightning rod for the 'Kristen Wiig sucks' movement, because she doesn't suck. She's actually very talented, but has a weakness for playing obnoxious people...

I just watched the episode that Scarlett Johannson hosted, and Kristen had one lead skit (the one-upping Penelope). One. In everything else, she was a co-lead or not in the scene at all, and for me, it made for a much more enjoyable viewing experience, especially since it opens up space for "The Miley Cyrus Show" (my new favorite recurring skit) and Jay Pharoah, who's got 'breakout star' written all over him...

So thank you, "Saturday Night Live," for righting the ship. You are now a hundred times more watchable than you were just a few months ago.



Okay, so the author seems to be in this world where he thinks he is the one who did this and SNL listened to him. The truth is that there were a good half dozen similar articles like this all written about the same time, and this one was not the most popular. (The most popular one got featured on Yahoo.)

That said, he's right on. I watched them pull Kristen back a little, and it's really helped the show and helped us enjoy her bits when she only leads one or two a night. However, it hasn't opened up a lot of great writing, so we'll see what happens next.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Ed Burns to join Kristen Wiig in Friends with Kids

Ed Burns teams up with Megan Fox and Kristen Wiig in Friends With Kids

Ed Burns has joined the cast of the upcoming dramedy FRIENDS WITH KIDS that is the directorial debut of Jennifer Westfeldt (KISSING JESSICA STEIN). The film already has an impressive cast that includes: Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and John Hamm. The film follows a group of friends in their thirties who are observing the hardships other couples have raising kids and they decide to bypass all those problems by having kids and dating other people.

Ed Burns will hop on board as a guy who is actually a good parent but in the middle of a divorce. His wife will be played by director Jennifer Westfeldt. FRIENDS WITH KIDS will be released sometime in 2011.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kristen Wiig in This You Call A Wonderful Life?! (SNL)

Show - This You Call A Wonderful Life?!

Jeff Bridges ... rabbi
Fred Armisen ... guest
Vanessa Bayer ... guest
Paul Brittain ... guest
Abby Elliott ... Donna Reed, Mary Hatch
Bill Hader ... Ben Mankiewicz
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... guest
Bobby Moynihan ... guest
Michael Patrick O'Brien ... guest
Nasim Pedrad ... Zuzu
Andy Samberg ... Moishe Samberg
Jason Sudeikis ... Jimmy Stewart, George Bailey
Kristen Wiig ... guest

You probably didn't know 'It's A Wonderful Life' was originally created as a Chanukah film.

Not overly funny, but it's appropriate in a Christmas episode, I suppose.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kristen Wiig announces on Jeff'd (SNL)

Show - Jeff'd
Jeff Bridges
Paul Brittain ... Stevie
Abby Elliott ... Maggie Gyllenhaal
Taran Killam ... clerk
Andy Samberg ... Billy Bob Thornton
Jason Sudeikis ... Sam Elliott
Kenan Thompson ... Forest Whitaker
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Hahahaha. This is actually very funny. The joke of course is how lame the pranks are and how kind Jeff is, even in his pranking.

Kristen is a great announcer!

"I'm just kidding. You got Billy-Bobbed!" Hahahahaha. Classic Andy.

This is Andy's third Billy Bob impression on SNL. I think Andy could lead a skit or a solid Weekend Update appearance with his Billy Bob impression. Make it happen!

This is the first Maggie Gyllenhaal impression on SNL. It's Jason's second Sam Elliott impression, and Dan Aykroyd also did Sam Elliott once (05.17.2003) and an arguably better job. This is SNL's first Forest Whitaker impression.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Naomi Judd (SNL - Larry King Live)

Larry King Live

Larry King interviews Dog The Bounty Hunter and other notable guests as time on his CNN quickly runs out.

Show - Larry King Live

Jeff Bridges ... Duane Chapman
Fred Armisen ... Larry King
Abby Elliott ... Wynonna Judd
Kenan Thompson ... Jermaine Jackson
Kristen Wiig ... Naomi Judd

This is Kristen's first take on Naomi Judd. Julia Sweeney also did Naomi once in 1994.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Nancy Pelosi in the Christmas Eve SNL Cold Open

Cold Opening - Christmas Eve in Washington D.C.

Fred Armisen ... Barack Obama
Vanessa Bayer ... Hillary Clinton
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Rahm Emanuel
Jason Sudeikis ... Joseph Biden
Kenan Thompson ... Frosty The Snowman
Kristen Wiig ... Nancy Pelosi

The Christmas season has democrats dreaming of much merrier headlines in 2011

This is Kristen's 10th portrayal as Nancy Peloci, ever since 11.11.2006 with "A Message from the Speaker Elect." Nancy has also been played by Cameron Diaz and Amy Poehler, once each, but Kristen has the most popular SNL impression of Nanci Pelosi.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

More photos of Kristen Wiig at the Natural History Museum Gala

The American Museum of Natural History's 2010 Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2010 in New York City.

Kristen with Tina Fey:


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kristen Wiig announces in Cat Cuisine (SNL Commercial)

Commercial - Feline Culinary Creations

Paul Brittain ... chef
Abby Elliott ... owner
Nasim Pedrad ... chef
Kenan Thompson ... chef
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Show your cat what fine dining is all about with Pet Chalet's Feline Culinary Creations.

Kristen is the announcer here. I don't know what was going on in this episode. But I only saw a few jokes in this commercial, and I didn't find them very funny.

Kristen needs to lead in a skit this week!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kristen Wiig announces in Sexually Speaking (SNL)

Show - Sexually Speaking

Paul Rudd ... Tyler Banes
Fred Armisen ... Roger Brush
Vanessa Bayer ... Pamela Shimpley
Abby Elliott ... Jenna Lynn Ofstren
Bill Hader ... Leonard
Bobby Moynihan ... Mr. Shimpley
Nasim Pedrad ... Stacy Englands
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Dr. Linda Marie Choice is out, so producer Roger Brush is filling in and answering questions.

Roger Brush returns for the fourth time (twice last season and twice this season). He's a little painful to watch. Every time he's messing up a new show...

11.21.2009 - Woman To Woman
04.17.2010 - Teen Talk
09.25.2010 - Maternity Matters
12.11.2010 - Sexually Speaking

Kristen has played the announcer in every episode.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Kristen Wiig gets felt up as Mrs. Vogelcheck (SNL)

I wonder how many SNL cast members and guests have felt up Kristen Wiig by now? My count is 4... The Rock (The Rock Obama), Jason Sudeikis (So You Committed a Crime), Jon Hamm (Vincent Price Halloween Special), and now Bill Hader (Vogelchecks). There might even be more.

Sketch - Affectionate Family

Paul Rudd ... Austin Vogelcheck
Fred Armisen ... Mr. Vogelcheck
Vanessa Bayer ... Amanda
Paul Brittain ... Vlad
Bill Hader ... Dwayne Vogelcheck
Bobby Moynihan ... stranger
Nasim Pedrad ... Elena
Kristen Wiig ... Mrs. Vogelcheck

Kristen is felt up at 1:35. Wow. The audience can't even believe it.

Kristen Wiig also jingles Bobby Moynihan's bell as he walks by. Merry Christmas from the Vogelchecks!

For those who don't know, this is the fourth appearance of the Vogelchecks. Paul Rudd was in the first one as well...

Kristen has been in all four Vogelcheck skits as Mrs. Vogelcheck. The three consistant actors have been Fred, Bill, and Kristen. The rest change almost every skit.

Even though Kristen's a regular in the skit, I wouldn't call this a lead role (the true leads here are Paul, Vanessa, and Fred). So she's got two supporting roles this week and two voice roles. We'll she if Kristen gets a lead role next week.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kristen Wiig on What's That Name? (SNL Game Show)

Gameshow - What's That Name?

Paul Rudd ... Jake
Vanessa Bayer ... Carolyn
Bill Hader ... Vince Blight
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Kenan Thompson ... Norman
Kristen Wiig ... Mary

Contestants have to guess the names of pictured celebrities and people they should know for cash prizes!

Kristen Wiig's gag starts at 2:06.

So Kristen was only in 2 skits this week with another 2 announcer credits. This week seemed to be a Paul McCartney concert without a lot of powerful skits. Thoughts?


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Megan Fox Joins Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig in 'Friends With Kids'

Megan Fox is joining "Friends With Kids," an ensemble comedy from Jennifer Westfeldt.

The project already has cast Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig for the story, which revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.

Scott and Westfeldt will play the lead couple; Wiig and Hamm will play another. A third couple has not been cast.

Fox will play a girl who Scott begins to date.

"It's a very literate script and when Jen met with her, she thought Megan was spot on. When (Fox) picks the right part, she has tremendous value," said Cinetic Media's John Sloss, who is handling sales.

The movie will be released theatrically in April.

Read more here:


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kristen Wiig hangs with Abby & Anne Hathaway

These ladies look killer:

Comedians Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliott and actress Anne Hathaway attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2010 Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2010 in New York City.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Blizzard Man (SNL)

Diddy brings in his secret weapon to drop a hook on his new song, Blizzard Man.

Sketch - Blizzard Man

Robert DeNiro ... mother
Sean "Puffy" Combs
Andy Samberg ... Blizzard Man
Jason Sudeikis ... agent
Kenan Thompson ... technician
Kristen Wiig ... agent

No laughs when the audience first heard "Blizzard Man." That means they either hadn't heard of it, or they don't like it. I think it's the first one, the way they laughed when they saw Andy.

This is Andy's fourth run at Blizz, and De Niro brings it back alive! Nice!

Here are the other runs...

11.18.2006 - Ludacris

01.20.2007 - Common and Jeremy Piven

11.22.2008 - Ludacris, T-Pain, and Tim McGraw

12.04.2010 - Puff Daddy and Robert De Niro

Kristen has some hilarious facial expressions here!

They also went with the opposite news header at the end. In the past the newspaper always told about a failure of a song.

I Love this! Did you like it?


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Party at Mr. Bernard's (SNL Digital Short)

Hahahahaha! Weekend at Bernie's goes wrong!

Devin and Rocky are in for a surprise when they show up to party at their boss's house, Mr. Bernard.

Film - SNL Digital Short: Party at Mr. Bernard's

Robert DeNiro ... Mr. Bernard
Vanessa Bayer ... guest
Paul Brittain ... witness
Bill Hader ... Ricky
Taran Killam ... attorney
Bobby Moynihan ... judge
Nasim Pedrad ... guest
Jay Pharoah ... guest
Andy Samberg ... Devon
Jason Sudeikis ... attorney
Kristen Wiig ... guest

Hahahaha. I love this! What a nice nod to the 80s and Weekend at Bernie's!

Kristen is the one who figures it all out... instantly!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Shasta Taffy on What Up with That? (SNL)

Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, and Lindsey Buckingham are guests on this edition of 'What's Up With That?'

Show - what up with that?

Robert DeNiro
Robin Williams
Fred Armisen ... saxophonist
Vanessa Bayer ... singer
Paul Brittain ... musician
Bill Hader ... Lindsey Buckingham
Taran Killam ... announcer
Nasim Pedrad ... singer
Andy Samberg ... Mothra
Jason Sudeikis ... dancer
Kenan Thompson ... Diondre Cole
Kristen Wiig ... Shasta Taffy

Kristen gets to sing the song as Shasta. Usually the host plays that role. Her song wasn't overly funny, but she nailed it!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kristen Wiig is a nurse/prostitute in the SNL Cold Opening!

Cold Opening - WikiLeaks: TMZ

Robert DeNiro ... Hamid Karzai
Fred Armisen ... Barack Obama
Fred Armisen ... Muammer Kaddafi
Vanessa Bayer ... Hillary Clinton
Paul Brittain ... writer
Bill Hader ... Julian Assange
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... writer
Nasim Pedrad ... writer
Jay Pharoah ... writer
Andy Samberg ... writer
Jason Sudeikis ... Joseph Biden
Kenan Thompson ... waiter
Kristen Wiig ... nurse

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is using a TMZ format share his organization's latest findings.

Kristen is a nurse... and also a prostitute. =^)

This is hilarious!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kristen Wiig - new Paul trailer and photo

Check out Kristen Wiig in this new Paul trailer:

And in this new image from the film:

Paul is currently scheduled to release in March 2011. Kristen keeps racking up the feature films! This one looks funny.

You know Kristen is getting famous when they advertise her in the trailer like this!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Thanksgivies (SNL)

Awards are given out for common Thanksgiving dinner forgettable moments.

This was played in the last episode's Thanksgiving episode during the dress rehearsal. It obviously didn't make the show. Kristen played a mom giving her daughter a guilt trip.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kristen Wiig SNL Promo with Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro hosts an all-new SNL with musical guest Ditty Dirty Money, 12/4.

Kristen Wiig does her Robert De Niro impression. Nothing hilarious here, but they do have good chemistry.

Can't wait for this week's episode!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Emmy nominations make Kristen Wiig a legendary SNL player

This list features individual players who have been nominated (or won) for their efforts on SNL. This list is in chronological order.

Saturday Night Live - Emmy nominees for individual performances
- (win) Supporting Actor: Chevy Chase

- (nom) Supporting Actor: John Belushi
- (nom) Supporting Actor: Chevy Chase
- (nom) Supporting Actress: Gilda Radner

- (nom) Supporting Actor: Dan Aykroyd
- (nom) Supporting Actor: John Belushi
- (nom) Supporting Actress: Jane Curtain
- (win) Supporting Actress: Gilda Radner

- (nom) Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy

- (nom) Performance: Eddie Murphy
- (nom) Performance: Joe Piscopo

- (nom) Performance: Billy Crystal

- (nom) Performance: Jon Lovitz

- (nom) Performance: Jon Lovitz

- (nom) Performance: Dana Carvey

- (nom) Performance: Dana Carvey

- (nom) Performance: Dana Carvey

- (nom) Performance: Dana Carvey

- (win) Performance: Dana Carvey

- (nom) Performance: Phil Hartman
- (nom) Performance: Mike Meyers

- (nom) Performance: Molly Shannon

- (nom) Performance: Will Ferrell

- (nom) Performance: Tina Fey
- (nom) Supporting Actress: Amy Poehler

- (nom) Supporting Actress: Amy Poehler
- (nom) Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig
- (win) Guest Actor: Justin Timberlake (host)
- (win) Guest Actress: Tina Fey (as Sarah Palin)

- (nom) Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig
- (nom) Guest Actress: Tina Fey (host)
- (win) Guest Actress: Betty White (host)

It's interesting to look at the list and see that the only winners (who were players) are Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Dana Carvey, and Tina Fey. But the list makes more sense as you see all the names (of those who were players):
  • Chevy Chase
  • John Belushi
  • Gilda Radner
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Jane Curtain
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Joe Piscopo
  • Billy Crystal
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Dana Carvey
  • Phil Hartman
  • Mike Meyers
  • Molly Shannon
  • Will Ferrell
  • Tina Fey
  • Amy Poehler
  • Kristen Wiig

Anyway, it's still a pretty accurate list (I also think Bill Murray is great, but it makes sense that he wasn't nomincated because he didn't break out above his co-actors until his movies). (There were many late bloomers on SNL who didn't break out until after they left the show: Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Conan O'Brien, Damon Wayans, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Jay Mohr, and Rob Riggles.)

Kristen Wiig also has the distinction of being nominated multiple times. That is a shorter list of SNL players:
  • Chevy Chase
  • John Belushi
  • Gilda Radner
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Dana Carvey
  • Tina Fey
  • Amy Poehler
  • Kristen Wiig


Friday, November 26, 2010

Kristen Wiig tells Anne Hathaway not to get naked (SNL Monologue)

Anne talks about her thought process on doing nude scenes in her work.

Andy has a great smile as he walks off stage. Plus Bobby's laugh is pretty funny. And then Kristen's line at the end nails the bit.

"And that's what Thanksgiving is all about."

The show was off to a good start.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kristen Wiig in TSA Commercial (SNL)

Commercial - Transportation Security Administration

Abby Elliott ... girl
Bill Hader ... agent
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... agent
Nasim Pedrad ... girl
Kenan Thompson ... agent
Kristen Wiig ... girl

Lonley during the holiday season? Find a companion with a TSA patdown at airport security.

Hahahahaha! This is great! Kristen is one of the girls who misleads you.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kristen Wiig - Camel Tame commercial (SNL)

Commercial - Camel Tame

Vanessa Bayer ... girl
Paul Brittain ... employee
Abby Elliott ... girl
Bill Hader ... employee
Taran Killam ... guy
Bobby Moynihan ... salesman
Nasim Pedrad ... employee
Kristen Wiig ... employee

There's a new way to stop to stop camel toe before it suddenly appears.

Kristen leads the ladies in this commercial.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Dolores O'Riordan from the Cranberries (SNL)

Commercial - Horse Play

Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Danielle Flora ... dancer
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith
Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert
Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo
Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan

A heart-warming film about a team of horses who wanted to play baseball has a soundtrack.

I'm not always the biggest fan of these "Hey let's come up with a make believe kids movie and then have our players impersonate musicians who would create songs for the soundtrack" skit ideas, but, wow. The cast really takes it and runs with it. (This is a semi-sequel to "Bunny Business" on 11.07.2009.)

Kristen's Cranberries singer was the first time on SNL. This is the first Robert Smith impression on SNL. Cheri Oteri did Alanis Morisette once on 11.14.1998. Jason's second take on Adam Lambert (and he's the only SNL player to do it). Kenan's Cee Lo was the first time on SNL. Fred is the one person to bring his impression back from Bunny Business. Fred's second take on Randy Newman (and the only SNL player to do it).

Here are my rankings in how awesome these impressions were (and hilarious)...

1. Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan (Cranberries) - Wow. Kristen gets first place just for nailing the voice so amazingly well. The "Oats" part at the end was good too.

2. Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith - Andy nails the voice, look, and hand motions. The crying at the end really makes it great.

3. Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman - A hilarious butchering of Randy's voice. Too short though.

4. Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette - Anne really gets into this. It would have been higher on the list if it was funnier.

5. Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert - Probably the best gag of the skit, and he looks great, but it's mostly just a gag. No singing here. Still the humor in itself gave him the edge over Kenan.

6. Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo - A great impression, but not really funny.


And just for fun, here was the lineup on Bunny Business...

Taylor Swift ... Shakira
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Abby Elliott ... Christina Aguilera
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Bill Hader ... Eddie Vedder
Andy Samberg ... Adam Duritz
Kenan Thompson ... Jennifer Hudson
Kristen Wiig ... Natalie Merchant

Abby Elliott wasn't even in this one (she usually does impressions of singers). It's amazing how many talented singers SNL has.

Kristen just knocked this one out of the park and ruled it.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Kristen Wiig - is Nancy Pelosi in the Rachel Maddow Cold Open (SNL)

Cold Opening - The Rachel Maddow Show

Abby Elliott ... Rachel Maddow
Bill Hader ... John Boehner
Kenan Thompson ... Charles Rangel
Kristen Wiig ... Nancy Pelosi

Rachel Maddow has on John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and embattled Rep. Charles Rangel.

Kristen has portrayed Nancy Pelosi 9 times now, with the first being in 11.11.2006, during her second season on SNL. Before Kristen, Cameron Diaz and Amy Poehler did Nancy, but Kristen is the most famous SNL Nancy impressionist.

Hope you liked it!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Penelope (Free Thanksgiving Dinner) - SNL

Sketch - Penelope: Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Anne Hathaway ... Mary
Bill Hader ... Pastor Mike
Bobby Moynihan ... guest
Michael Patrick O'Brien ... volunteer
Nasim Pedrad ... Lisa
Kenan Thompson ... Lou
Kristen Wiig ... Penelope

Penelope shows up at a local charity kitchen and dominates the Thanksgiving dinner.

Ah, classic Penelope!

This is Kristen's 7th go at Penelope:

That's twice in the 07-08 season (Kristen's third season), twice in the 07-08 season, once in 08-09, once in 09-10, and now once so far in 10-11. So she's been doing it once every season for the past three seasons now. A good way to continue a character without overdoing it (since it is popular but not exactly the Spartan Cheerleaders).


Friday, November 19, 2010

Kristen Wiig on the Manuel Ortiz Show (SNL)

Manuel tries to get to the bottom of some infidelity among friends and settles it with a paternity test.

Andy's got the best dancing here, followed closely by Taran. Kristen Wiig works over the crowd well with a slow and then fast dance. I think the gag of slowing and speeding up the music is what saved this and made it different enough than the last version.

What's interesting is that Fred has had three different styles of Spanish shows that he has made fun of over the years.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kristen Wiig in '16 and Pregnant' MTV spinoffs (SNL)

Kristen's a dancer from "Stretch Marks," a prengant dance crew.

MTV, the network that brought you '16 and Pregnant', has a new maternity-inspired lineup of shows.

Hahaha. I was amused by this one.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kristen Wiig is the mom in Stars of Tomorrow (SNL)

TLC looks at some of the young, dynamic acting talent that swept through Hollywood.

Hmmm. Not really funny, but interesting nonetheless.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Paula Deen - Paper Towels (SNL)

Eliminate some of the butter and grease from Paula's recipes with her new heavy duty paper towels.

I believe this is Kristen's first take at this character. Only Kristen in this skit.

Hmmm. Did you like it? A little dry.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Hollywood Dish (SNL)

Scarlett Johansson gives an interview to Hollywood Dish and its two quirky hosts.

Wow, the spit take gags with the drinks and speghetti were hilarious! Kristen had trouble seeing. Other than that, not much good out of this skit (that we haven't seen done better).


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Middle School Kids (SNL)

Middle School Kids

Positive messages from teachers motivate the kids to help Marvin try to walk with a broken knee.

Ouch. This wasn't funny at all.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kristen Wiig & Seth Meyers - Pakistan Flood Relief

A Lifeline In The Night: A Benefit For Pakistan Flood Relief

October 4, 2010


Monday, November 8, 2010

Kristen Wiig & Lorainne Newman - Edgy Comedians (People magazine)

Now & Then Edgy Comedians

Saturday Night Live Vet Laraine Newman and Current Star Kristen Wiig Talk About How Comedy—and Censorship Standards—Have Changed

Age: 36.
Currently in her fifth SNL season, Wiig has also made her mark in films like Knocked Up and Adventureland.

Age: 57.
There at the start of SNL, Newman has since found success voicing animation. "I love it," says the mother of two teens. "It lets me be a mom."

Are you fans of each other's characters?
NEWMAN: Oh God, yes.

WIIG: I don't know a lot of the names, but of course Connie Conehead, and the Valley Girl—

NEWMAN: Sheri, yeah. I tried never to repeat characters. It was dumb of me because it kind of made me invisible.

WIIG: I don't think you were ever invisible.

And Laraine?

NEWMAN: Where do I start? The two A-holes, and the Target Lady, and Aunt Linda—everything!

Has SNL's comedy changed in 35 years?

NEWMAN: I look at it kind of like the Olympics: What gymnasts could do in 1975 is nothing compared to what they can do now.

WIIG: I think people pay much more attention to the political stuff we're doing now. I don't know if it's just the times, or that there's so much that's able to be parodied recently.

NEWMAN: From a technical standpoint, I see all the hairpieces, and wardrobe, and technology—that's just dazzling to me. When I think about our skits it's like the Stone Age!

The show always pushed boundaries, though ...

NEWMAN: I was the first person to ever say "sucks" on television.

WIIG: Really?

NEWMAN: I was also the first to say "pissed off."

WIIG: That's an honor!

NEWMAN: I had to personally apologize to the NBC censor—but boy, today they pass me by!

Is anything the same?
NEWMAN: The schedule.

WIIG: The norm is to go in at 3 p.m., go home at 7 the next morning.

NEWMAN: It's definitely the domain of the young.

And behind the scenes?
WIIG: Just tons of drugs and sex stories. Nothing anyone wants to hear.


Nothing new about Kristen, but I learned a few things about Lorainne!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kristen Wiig gets hammered in "I Didn't Ask For This" (SNL)

Show - I Didn't Ask For This

Host Roger Simms sympathizes with victims of viral videos on the Internet.

Jon Hamm ... Mark Sharon
Paul Brittain ... Pierre
Abby Elliott ... actress/wench
Bill Hader ... actor/blacksmith
Taran Killam ... son
Bobby Moynihan ... Roger Sims
Kristen Wiig ... Maureen O'Hare

Kristen gets hammered. Get it? =^)

Hilarious, clever, and even put in the proper order of which video was the funniest. Classic. Had to have been written by Bobby, who loves to poke fun at Internet and YouTube humor. Classic.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Jennifer Tilly on Back to the Future Anniversary DVD (SNL)

Commercial - Back To The Future 25th Anniversary DVD

Jon Hamm ... Robin Williams
Paul Brittain ... director (voice)
Bill Hader ... Al Pacino
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Sam Kinison
Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
Kristen Wiig ... Jennifer Tilly

This is Kristen's second appearance as Jennifer Tilly. Her first was on 02.23.2008 in "Celebrity Apprentice." Cheri Oteri is the only other one to portray Tilly (in 11.14.1998 as the lead character in "Learning With Jennifer Tilly").

Wow, Kristen really nails Tilly. This is a very impressive impression. The only down side is that it was only one joke.

As far as these impressions go, Jon Hamm takes the cake. Here's how I'd rank them...

1. Jon Hamm ... Robin Williams
2. Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
3. Kristen Wiig ... Jennifer Tilly
4. Bill Hader ... Al Pacino
5. Bobby Moynihan ... Sam Kinison

Don't get me wrong, Bill did great. But you've got to do more than nail the voice and mannerisms. You've got to make the performance funny, and Jon and Jay did that the best.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Kristen Wiig gets felt up as Judy Garland in the Vincent Price Halloween Special (SNL)

Vincent has some special guests stop by his haunted house to celebrate Halloween.

Vincent Price's Halloween Special

Jon Hamm ... John F. Kennedy
Fred Armisen ... Liberace
Bill Hader ... Vincent Price
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Candy DeCenzo
Kristen Wiig ... Judy Garland

The audience is mostly not laughing here until the sex jokes came in. Wow.

And yes, Jon Hamm feels up Kristen and Nasim's breasts, though he has a better... um... handle on Nasim. Wow. I think this is the third time Kristen's got felt up on SNL.

And the ending gag with Liberace's sausage. Wow.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kristen Wiig as Lizette Barnes in Audition (SNL)

The angry woman from the "Toby" Stanley Steemer commercial, and her husband, goes out for another part.

Sketch - Audition

Jon Hamm ... Sandall Barnes
Abby Elliott ... secretary
Jason Sudeikis ... director
Kristen Wiig ... Lizette Barnes

Wow. Kristen pitched another skit with Jon Hamm... and got it. Amusing... at times.

I can see Lizette coming back sometime.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kristen WIig in Garth and Kat (Weekend Update, SNL)

Singer-song writers Garth and Kat perform some tracks from their new Halloween album.

Weekend Update

Seth Meyers
Fred Armisen ... Garth
Kristen Wiig ... Kat

Always amusing.

This is their fourth appearance. Their first was on 12.19.2009. Coincidentally their first and third appearance were also with Bobby Moynihan's Snooki impression.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Real Housewives of SNL

This was an original "skit" done for the "Women of SNL" special (mostly showing amazing SNL skits from the various women on SNL.

The real women of 8H have reunited with Bravo's Andy Cohen.

So this is a spoof of Real Housewives.

Once again, it's an honor that Kristen Wiig is the only woman in this group that is currently on SNL.

Loraine Newman. Wow. She looks very different but very good. A founding member of the Groundlings and SNL. Amazing. It was also good to see Cheri Oteri again.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Kristen Wiig and John Hamm - Darlique & Barney (SNL)

The duo performs some lounge tunes mixed with some of their jokes and personal drama.

Hilarious! Another great character from Kristen, and she's guaranteed a follow up when John Hamm returns. =^)

On the negative side, this is a little similar to other skits like this that she's done with Will Forte (such as Jackie Snad and Kat & Garth), and lounge singing is something that has been common on SNL (but the best and longest standing have been Ferrell and Gastayer's Culps, a similar husband and wife act that was on SNL an amazing 21 times).


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kristen Wiig announces in Les Jeunes de Paris (SNL)

Show - Les Jeunes de Paris

Emma Stone ... girl
Vanessa Bayer ... waitress
Paul Brittain ... Marius
Abby Elliott ... girl
Taran Killam ... guy
Bobby Moynihan ... guy
Nasim Pedrad ... girl
Jason Sudeikis ... man
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

From 10/23/10.

Kristen Wiig did the announcer voice. This skit isn't posted online. Did anyone see it?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Budget Costumes (SNL)

Commercial - Googie Rene's Partially Damaged Halloween Costume Discount Basement

Emma Stone ... Linda
Vanessa Bayer ... customer
Paul Brittain ... customer
Abby Elliott ... customer
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Kenan Thompson ... Googie Rene
Kristen Wiig ... customer

Halloween is just around the corner, so if you're in a costume pinch, see Googie.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kristen WIig is Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View (SNL - October 2010)

Show The View

Emma Stone ... Lindsay Lohan
Fred Armisen ... Joy Behar
Nasim Pedrad ... Barbara Walters
Kenan Thompson ... Whoopi Goldberg
Kristen Wiig ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The ladies discuss bullying, Halloween and talk to special guest, Lindsay Lohan.

I always think Kristen plays Elisabeth in a mean way. I find most of Kristen's impressions as too brutal. What do you think?

The other three (Nasim, Kenan, and Fred) are hilarious. What's great is that SNL's View parody has lasted through two full SNL generations. It's pretty impressive to have the current cast do a show like this just as well as Ferrell's class.

This is Kristen's 6th take on the character. The first time was on 11.01.2008.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kristen Wiig on Teenage Fads News Segment (SNL)

Show - WXPD Channel 9 News

Emma Stone ... teenager
Bill Hader ... Peter DeSantos
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Wanda Ramirez
Kristen Wiig ... mother

There are some teenage fads so new that even teens are still in the dark.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kristen Wiig in "The Women of SNL" special on November 1

Saturday Night Live will air a two-hour tribute to its female cast members Nov. 1. “The Women of SNL” special will include clips (duh), but also new material from Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, and Kristen Wiig. Um, Jane Curtin and Julia Sweeney, call your agents!

This special is obviously a follow-up to last year’s hit Betty White episode, and who knows? Maybe the sustained interest in SNL‘s female performers will lead to there being more of them.


What? Laraine Newman? That's awesome! Yeah, I agree at least that Jane Curtin should be in on this. She was an original (with Laraine) and the first female Weekend Update host! She did it right after Chevy Chase and kept doing it (usually with a co-anchor like Dan or Bill) until she left!

Truly an honor for Kristen to be the only one on this list who is currently on the show. That said, it's sort of by default. Abby just got regular status, Nasim is a featured player for her second year now, and it's Vanessa's first year.

Also note that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the only one on this list who was on the show when Lorne wasn't.

I think I'm most excited about Cheri Oteri! =^)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Kristen WIig in Baby Spanx (SNL commercial)

Commercial - Baby Spanx

Vanessa Bayer ... friend
Bill Hader ... father
Nasim Pedrad ... friend
Jason Sudeikis ... spokesperson
Kenan Thompson ... friend
Kristen Wiig ... mother

Tired of hearing about your fat baby? Try Baby Spanx.

hahahahaha. I love fat babies!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Dream Home Extreme (SNL)

Dream Home Extreme

Emma Stone ... Lita Mill-Douglas
Paul Brittain ... neighbor
Bill Hader ... Rudy Plank
Nasim Pedrad ... Laverne Terms
Jay Pharoah ... Syd Awnit
Kristen Wiig ... Cheryl Bryant

Lita-Mill Douglas has an unusual reaction to winning a $2 million home.

This is Kristen's second run at this Cheryl Bryant character. First time was 11.03.2007 with Brian Williams for the Publishers Clearing House.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kristen Wiig is back on Bored to Death

In a never before seen sex scene from HBO's Bored to Death, Kristen Wiig finds that Zach Galifianakis' beard is too sexy for her to handle.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Christine O'Donnell (coven commercial)

The Coven To Elect Christine O'Donnell

Paula Pell ... announcer (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... Christine O'Donnell

The U.S. Senate hopeful focuses on one important fact in her latest campaign ad.

I'm not really digging this impression. I know SNL is looking for fresh political fodder though.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Kristen Wiig - announcer in Ask Gloria Allred

Cold Opening - Ask Gloria Allred

Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Gloria Allred
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

This is the first time SNL has parodied Gloria.

Nasim got to do "Live from New York!"


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Mindy Gracin in Secret Word (SNL)

Kristen's third appearance doing this character.

It's the game show the stars play (sort of)!

I'm not quite sure why the writers are on this kick of parodying old game shows. It's not overly funny.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kirsten Wiig and Jane Lynch SNL promo

Jane Lynch promoting SNL for the October 9th episode with musical guest Bruno Mars.

What do you think? Any good jokes here?


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kristen Wiig - in the Suze Orman Show (SNL - ft. Jane Lynch)

Financial advice from Suze who connects with old, confused friend, Roma.

Show - The Suze Orman Show

Jane Lynch ... Roma Dunk
Bill Hader ... Frank
Kristen Wiig ... Suze Orman

This is Kristen Wiig's 6th appearance as Suze Orman. Her first appearance was on 03.15.2008.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kristen Wiig at the bottom of the SNL Power Charts this week

13. Kristin Wiig (8 points): Is Kristin Wiig over? Of course not, but we can’t help but feel like her schtick is starting to run thin, both with Lorne and audiences alike. Her portrayal of the sexy-yet-not Shanna was her only appearance on the show this weekend, which is very strange considering the heavy lifting she’s done as a castmember over the last seven-plus seasons. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.


1. ⇑ Andy Samberg (74 points; Last Week: #4)
2. ⇓ Fred Armisen (64 points; Last Week: #1)
3. ⇑ Kenan Thompson (53 points; Last Week: #10)
4. ⇓ Bill Hader (50 points; Last Week: #1)
5 (tie). ⇑ Bobby Moynihan (42 points; Last Week: #9)
⇓ Kristin Wiig (42 points; Last Week: #3)
7. ⇓ Jason Sudeikis (35 points; Last Week: #4)
8. ⇓ Abby Elliott (33 points; Last Week: #6)
9. ⇓ Vanessa Bayer (31 points; Last Week: #8)
10. ⇓ Jay Pharoah (30 points; Last Week: #7)
11. Taran Killam (29 points; Last Week: #11)
12. Nasim Pedrad (28 points; Last Week: #12)
13. Paul Brittain (20 points; Last Week: #13)


No way! Wiig's Shana was hilarious (and her voice was in the Rescue Dogs digital short). The whistle bit had me in stitches! Wiig does not deserve last place!

Enjoy? =^(

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kristen Wiig & SNL at the 2010 New Yorker Festival

The 2010 New Yorker Festival: "Saturday Afternoon Live" with the Cast of SNL

During the 2010 New Yorker Festival at Acura at SIR Stage37 on October 3, 2010 in New York City.

And Kristen Wiig sat next to Jason:

See more photos here:

The SNL cast members - Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig - recounted their first, nerve-wracking auditions for the show, and pondered the eternal question of how the show has survived since 1975. Consensus: There's always new material out there.



Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kristen Wiig on Flight of the Concords - We're Both In Love With a Sexy Lady

Aired on February 22, 2009.

From Episode 6, Season 2

Also, you can check out our previous post of a different song from that episode, "Love: Weapon of Choice." See it here:

I think this one is funnier though. Kristen's not in it much, but these dudes are hilarious!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Kristen Wiig did voiceover for Rescue Dogs (SNL Digital Short)

Film SNL Digital Short - Rescue Dogs 911 App

Helen Mirren
Fred Armisen ... robber
Bill Hader ... movie announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... delivery man
Nasim Pedrad ... Pizza Hub announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Dave
Kenan Thompson ... robber
Kristen Wiig ... operator (voice)

This new phone app has few kinks, but it's still useful.

Wow. Helen's on a video in it and is on and off so quickly that you barely notice her cameo.

Oh, my gosh! I was a LITTLE surprised by this. I thought it was going to be lame.

Kristen's got a great operator voice! It sounds so much like the real thing!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Shana (Basketball Game with Bryan Cranston)

Sketch - Basketball Game

Bryan Cranston ... Mr. Kearns
Abby Elliott ... Beth
Taran Killam ... player
Andy Samberg ... player
Kenan Thompson ... player
Kristen Wiig ... Shana

The new girl has the basketball coach very excited.

Hahahaha. Kristen Wiig busts out Shana, the character who is almost sexy. The whistle bit had me in stitches.

What did you think?


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Ladies Who Lunch (SNL)

Trish is just amazing.

Sketch Ladies Who Lunch

Amy Poehler ... Trish
Vanessa Bayer ... friend
Abby Elliott ... friend
Bill Hader ... designer
Kristen Wiig ... Sylvia

This totally looks like Kristen wrote it. Kristen gets jealous of Amy's hats. Vanessa's pretty good.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Amy Poehler's SNL Monologue

Amy's anxiety dream has some familiar faces.

Amy Poehler
Jimmy Fallon
Justin Timberlake
Rachel Dratch
Tina Fey
Fred Armisen ... security guard
Vanessa Bayer
Paul Brittain
Taran Killam
Seth Meyers
Nasim Pedrad
Jay Pharoah
Kenan Thompson ... Lorne Michaels
Kristen Wiig


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Mary-Louise Parker on The Lean Years (SNL skit)

Amy Poehler has a secret in Showtime's 'The Lean Years.'

Commercial The Lean Years

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler ... Amber
Paul Brittain ... nurse
Abby Elliott ... Laura Linney
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Edie Falco
Andy Samberg ... Stanley Tucci
Kristen Wiig ... Mary-Louise Parker

Didn't really find it funny. Did you?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Boogerman (SNL Digital Short)

A musical tribute to one of the year's most talked about films.

SNL Digital Short: Boogerman

Katy Perry
Fred Armisen ... villain
Paul Brittain ... guy
Bill Hader ... presenter
Taran Killam ... guy
Bobby Moynihan ... scientist
Jay Pharoah ... Jamaican
Amy Poehler ... girlfriend
Andy Samberg ... dancer
Jason Sudeikis ... general
Kenan Thompson ... guy
Kristen Wiig ... girl

Booo! What a waste of Kristen Wiig, Katy Perry, and Amy Poehler! This is the kind of idea that sounds amusing until you do it. =^)

Just this title alone could have inspired a funnier skit.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kristen Wiig on Maternity Matters (SNL skit)

The show that normally addresses all the questions about being an expectant mother.

Show Maternity Matters

Amy Poehler ... Terri Facials
Fred Armisen ... Roger Brush
Abby Elliott ... Sheila Whitehead
Bill Hader ... Leonard
Andy Samberg ... John Joseph Darapont
Kristen Wiig ... Kanya Donahue
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Does anybody else find this Fred show unfunny? 3 of them, really?


Monday, September 27, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Christine O'Donnell on SNL (Cold Open)

Delaware's GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell has some skeletons in her closet.

Cold Opening RNC Headquarters

Vanessa Bayer ... secretary
Bill Hader ... Jim Boucher
Jason Sudeikis ... Ted Jessup
Kristen Wiig ... Christine O'Donnell

Kristen makes this impression her own. You definitely see pieces of her other skits in here, including where she flies off (very Penelope like).

Again, her impression comes across as a little "mean," don't you think? Like I think of these people watching their own impressions, and Kristen's would easily create a hateful reaction from the person she's imitating.

Still funny though.



Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kristen Wiig is bald - Bosley SNL skit

Hair Restoration
Easing the heartbreak of baldness with amazing results.

Commercial Bosley

Fred Armisen ... Mark H.
Bobby Moynihan ... client
Nasim Pedrad ... girlfriend
Jason Sudeikis ... spokesperson
Kristen Wiig ... Adelle K.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is Kristen Wiig one of Larry King's last guests?

Larry King has an incredible line-up this week.

Barbara Walters will appear tonight in what CNN is billing as her “final interview” for Larry King Live.

Last night he had on Jimmy Carter and tomorrow night will be Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Jerry Seinfeld is on tomorrow night and promises to reveal “one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.”

The cast of SNL and Lorne Michaels will be the final guests.

This week is the first week in a long time that it’s worth tuning in to watch Larry King Live!



I believe this means the SNL cast is on Friday night.

So Kristen Wiig should be on Larry's show along with Lorne and the rest of the cast. We'll wait and see!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Kristen Wiig - in Mirrored Image

featuring Amy Adams and Kristen Wiig...

Mirror Image

Hailey Winters.....Amy Adams
Hagley Winters.....Kristin Wiig
Mr. Heffernan.....Bill Hader
Announcer.....Paula Bell

Check out the transcript here:

Do you know when this was?

Air Date: March 8th, 2008

Host: Amy Adams

Musical Guest: Vampire Weekend


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Is Kristen Wiig more popular than Amy Poehler?

With Molly Shannon readying to throw back a few drinks onstage as Promises, Promises barfly Marge MacDougall, asked fans to choose which Saturday Night Live star you'd like to join Shannon on the Great White Way. The tally is complete, and funny lady Tina Fey ran away with the race, scoring a whopping 42% of votes. While the six-time Emmy winner has yet to make her Broadway debut, the actress/writer/producer's hit TV series 30 Rock is set just around the corner from the theater district in Rockefeller Center.

Following in second came Kristen Wiig, with 18% of votes. The current SNL actress is known for her impressions of Suze Orman, Jamie Lee Curtis and even showbiz great Judy Garland. Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler landed in third place with 11% of votes. Poehler has co-starred with Fey in films such as Mean Girls and Baby Mama and played an attorney defending a controversial musical in Hamlet 2.


Well, at least more people think Kristen would be better on broadway anyway.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Is there a Hoda SNL curse?

Perez sez...

Beware Of The Hoda Curse, SNL Newbies!

So far, two different actresses have portrayed Hoda Kotb opposite Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee on Saturday Night Live. Both of those actresses were given the axe after one year on the show. So, in what was an usual turn of events for the 17th hour of The Today Show, Kathie Lee posed an insightful question:

Is there a "Hoda Curse" on the show?

Hmm. We think it's certainly possible, but maybe if the next actress commits more to the role, they'll stay around longer. We suggest three bottles of Stoli before rehearsals and an extra one for right before show time. That should get whoever it is into character right quick!

Read More:

Who's doing Hoda next? Maybe Nasim?


Friday, September 17, 2010

Kristen Wiig at a Jon Hamm party

Jon Hamm was the guest of honor [Wed] night at a dinner hosted for him by the editors of Details in NYC. He's on the cover of the magazine's October issue solo, but he made the rounds at the party with his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, and caught up with SNL funny people like Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This morning, the Mad Men star was back on the promotional circuit to chat up his movie The Town...



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Emma Stone to host SNL

Check out Emma Stone at 2:48 telling Jimmy Fallon last night that she's hosting Saturday Night Live:

She'll host on October 23rd. It's her biggest dream.

"I'm a pretend prostitute... but take your kids!"

It's interesting because she mentioned SNL generically on Jimmy Fallon. She didn't specify if she's a fan of Andy Samberg or Kristen Wiig or any of the other current or past SNL players.

However, in this interview she mentions that she's a big fan of Kristen Wiig and jealous of Abby Elliott:

You want to do SNL?
Don’t start me on that. It’s a dream, it’s a dream of life.

Why don’t you make that happen?
I don’t know, it’s not gonna happen. Whatever, it’s fine. It’s fine, its nothing. It’s just, no, it’s not even like—it’s like, if that ever happened then I wouldn’t have anything to dream about, and then it would all be pointless.

Why don’t you quit movies and try and become a cast member on SNL? Would you rather do that than movies?
Stop it. That’s my dream. I would rather do that than anything in the world.

Wow, I had no idea.
Yeah, I mean I’m insanely crazy about Kristen Wiig and I’m so jealous of Abby Elliott its not even funny. She’s the youngest woman that’s ever been on SNL. She’s twenty one, so we’re like the same age.



Monday, September 13, 2010

The Groundlings and SNL (where Kristen Wiig came from)

What with the addition of Taran Killam (a long-time Groundlings member) to SNL, we wanted to take a deeper-dive look at The Groundlings, and their history with SNL.

The Groundlings are an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The troupe was formed by Gary Austin in 1974 and uses an improv format influenced by Viola Spolin to produce sketches and improvised scenes.

The troupe moved into their current location on Melrose Avenue in 1979.

The Groundlings School holds new sessions every six weeks with over 300 students per session, with over 2,000 students per year going through the program. The competitive program consists of 4 levels (Basic, Intermediate, Writing Lab, and Advanced). Participants must be successfully advanced from each level by the instructor. After completing the Advanced level, one may be voted into the Sunday Company, which performs every Sunday at 7:30pm. Members of the Main Company are selected from members of the Sunday Company.

Current Groundlings main members include...

Taran Killam (signed to SNL for this coming season)
Michaela Watkins (let go from SNL before last season)

Here are SNL members who came from The Groundlings...

Abby Elliott
Jimmy Fallon
Will Ferrell
Will Forte
Ana Gasteyer
Phil Hartman
Jan Hooks
Chris Kattan
Jon Lovitz
Laraine Newman (founding member of The Groundlings & SNL)
Conan O'Brien (writer & non-credited cast)
Cheri Oteri
Chris Parnell
Maya Rudolph
Julia Sweeney
Michaela Watkins
Kristen Wiig

Other famous Groundlings alumni...

Adam Carolla
Jennifer Coolidge
Kathy Griffin (Shrek Forever After)
Cheryl Hines (RV)
Lisa Kudrow (Friends)
Phil LaMarr (MadTV)
Michael McDonald (MadTV)
Pat Morita (Karate Kid & Happy Days)
Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman)
Joe Ranft (voice actor for Pixar)
Dax Shepard (Punk'd & When In Rome)

Note 1: Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens were friends during their Groundlings days, and Phil encouraged Paul to put together a pilot for Pee Wee Herman. Phil also appeared on Pee Wee Herman as a fisherman, a frequent guest.

Note 2: Will Ferrell's SNL class was composed of a lot of Groundlings alumni. They must have worked so well together in the comedy troop that it was natural for them to work together on SNL. This group included Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, and at the tail end of Will's reign on SNL, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell, and Maya Rudolph. (This is similar to when Lorne hired Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner from the Lampoon Show back in 1975.)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New SNL Cast Member - Jay Pharoah

For a little while now, Kenan Thompson has been the only African American SNL cast member, but it looks like that may not be true for much longer. The Comic’s Comic, a blog dedicated to everything related to stand-up/sketch comedy (and the site who actually appears to have broken the news of the previous new cast additions), says Jay Pharoah, a young stand-up comedian from Virginia’s Tidewater, may be joining the cast. Aside from the increase in racial diversity, even more exciting is the fact that Pharoah may bring a new take on President Barack Obama to the table. Though Fred Armisen has done a decent job with the impersonation, he can only do so much with a man who doesn’t really have many outstanding mannerisms or speech characteristics to embellish.

Apparently Pharoah’s casting is pretty much a done deal. (Let’s hope so after being flown to NYC twice for screen tests and meetings with Lorne Michaels.) So this coming season will bring a whole slew of new talent. Below you can check out Pharoah’s comedic stylings, including quite an array of impressions — Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Denzel Washington, Barack Obama, Katt Williams and literally dozens more.


Jay does Denzel Washington and Will Smith complaining about each other (documentary style):

Jay does Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy complaining about each other:

Jay's standup (he strings together his impressions):

Good Smoegel impression. Check out his Barack Obama at 3:18. Fred has just been replaced.

I think the coolest thing about his impressions is that the dude plays himself so loose and goofy that he literally transforms into a character. I haven't seen someone do that so well since Andy Kaufman.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Amy Poehler hosting SNL season premiere - first 3 hosts

Episode 681 (Season 36, Episode 1)
September 25, 2010 Amy Poehler; Katy Perry Musical Guest

Episode 682 (Season 36, Episode 2)
October 2, 2010 Bryan Cranston; TBA Musical Guest

Episode 683 (Season 36, Episode 3)
October 9, 2010 Jane Lynch; TBA Musical Guest

“Saturday Night Live” will have its season premiere on Sept. 25. Amy Poehler, the “S.N.L.” alumna and “Parks and Recreation” star, will be the host, and Katy Perry will be the musical guest. The Oct. 2 episode will be hosted by Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” and the Oct. 9 episode will be hosted by Jane Lynch of “Glee.”


Comic actress Amy Poehler returns later this month to the set of "Saturday Night Live," this time as guest host for the launch of the show's 36th season on NBC.

NBC's "Parks and Recreation" star and former "SNL" regular takes over hosting duties September 25 with Katy Perry tagging along as musical guest.

Joining Poehler -- a three-time Emmy nominee -- as "SNL" hosts this fall are Bryan Cranston of the AMC series "Breaking Bad" and Jane Lynch from Fox television's musical hit "Glee." Both stars will appear on the late-night NBC sketch comedy show in October.


This is perfect for SNL! Amy's sitcom is amazing and successful, and it's time to get her in a ton of skits!

Let's hope Amy and Kristen team up in something sweet!


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