The 2012 season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live was a sad one due to the exiting of seven-year cast member, comedienne Kristen Wiig. She had countless memorable characters from Sue to Gilly. Wiig also had many spot-on famous impressions including Lana Del Ray, Diane Sawyer, and even Taylor Swift.
Hopefully we will see her in many more movies or a successful television show in the future.
Michele Bachmann "Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's Response to the President's State of the Union Address - the Second Attempt" looks like it needs a 3rd, 4th, and 5th attempt. Plus, since she says it was done on a budget - was that budget $5? Nevertheless, this is more subtle physical comedy which fits her as an actress.
Sue Some of the best things that Kristen contributed to the show were her over-the-top characters. In the case of Sue, she's unpredictable. The best moment in this particular sketch is when Sue reacts to hearing about going out for ice cream.
Katherine Hepburn Though the real Katherine Hepburn seemed pretty cool when she was alive, Wiig's portrayal of the famous actress is a bit more like Calamity Jane with rabies.
Penelope Penelope is a different kind of character than Wiig usually portrays. She's over-the-top, but somehow tries to stay discreet about it. That's what makes this character a classic.
Greta Van Susteren Wiig nails Van Susteren's unique voice in this sketch though she plays second fiddle to Donald Trump (played by SNL alum Darrell Hammond). Then again, with the cast of characters in this particular sketch, that's all you really can do. Still, she shines. Gilly When you remember Gilly, think of these three words: sadistic, crazy and insane. Though this sketch uses a bit more physical humor, it was still one of Kristen's more popular characters. In fact, in 2009, Kristen [as Gilly] hosted the holiday special SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Paula Deen The real Paula Deen actually loved Wiig's portrayal of the queen of all things butter. According to The Huffington Post, the skit made Deen "just die laughing." The best part is when she starts eating raw butter.
Kath of Garth and Kath If you watched Nick Jr. in the early '90s you probably remember a Canadian children's show called Sharon, Lois and Bram's Elephant Show. Garth and Kath reminds me of that old show - albeit with hideous sweater vests. At least Sharon, Lois, and Bram had a great deal of rehearsal unlike Garth and Kath.
Mindy Grayson from Secret Word Ever wonder what a Broadway star would come up with if they raided Stevie Nicks' wardrobe? I would imagine it would look a lot like what Mindy wears. The best part of this sketch is when she sings.
Dooneese from The Lawrence Welk Show Wiig is frighteningly hilarious as Dooneese - the ugly sister of the Majarelli sisters from the Fingerlakes. However, what makes this character memorable isn't so much what she says but the tiny baby doll hands.