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).


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