Kristen Wiig’s Top 12 Characters/Impressions From SNL

The best reason to tune in to NBC each Saturday night at 11:30pm is because of  one Kristen Wiig.  She is the most talented comedian on SNL at this point and with an array of characters under her belt, it is a joy to see her in any sketch no matter what she is doing.  So, here are the 12 best characters and impressions that she has done so far. 




#12.  Gilly

  The troublemaking school girl with the joker smile, seems to always have the last laugh.  She even got to host her own SNL Christmas special last year.






#11.  Penelope

  Penelope will always one up you so don’t even try to best her.  The hair-twirling know it all, would probably be appalled that I have her at #11 but I am sure she would still tell everyone she is #1. 






#10.  Jamie Lee Curtis

  Kristen Wiig is so spot on with her impression of Jamie Lee Curtis, the first time I saw it, I actually thought it was Jamie Lee, making fun of herself.   The Activia commercials are hysterical, but we would love to see more of Jamie Lee! 





#9.  Kat from “Garth and Kat”

  Garth and Kat are a singing duo that appear to be prepared but never are.  They make up songs on the spot and do so with hilarious results.  Kristen’s Kat is watching Fred Armisen’s Garth’s every move to try to follow what he is going to sing next.  It usually ends up with them breaking character and laughing.




#8.  Judy Grimes

The weekend update travel writer, is usually a little bit nervous when she goes on air.  Her, “just kidding”, rants go on and on and it is unbelievable how Kristen is able to do these long monologues without breaking or cracking up.




#7.  Aunt Linda

Weekend update’s movie critic, Aunt Linda, likes to bring down the popular movies of the day and praise the lighter fluff pieces such as”Tooth Fairy.”  This eye rolling, middle aged reviewer uses phrases like “Oh Brother” and “Are you Serious” for her movie critique.






#6.  Elisabeth Hasselbeck

 The first time I saw that Kristen was going to be doing Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I was worried, because I thought that she would be tough to impersonate.  It is a great portrayal and makes The View sketches so much funnier.  Elisabeth is someone that needs to be made fun of and I think that Kristen is the only one that can pull it off.





#5.  Target Lady

The Target Lady was one of Kristen’s first recurring characters on SNL.  She is a nosy cashier that basically has to annouce everything that you are getting, then tries to make idle chit chat about it.  She loves her job and she loves Target.  The funniest skit featured Justin Timberlake as “Peg”, her best friend. 







#4.  “Sue” from the Surprise Party

Sue has trouble keeping secrets and is so excited about people getting surprised she finds it hard to contain herself.  Kristen does a really great job at playing this nutty woman who just can’t hold it in.  





#3.  Suze Orman

Suze Orman might be Kristen’s perfect impression.  She has her quick cut talking down so perfectly.  When you watch Suze then Kristen doing Suze you can see how brilliantly she has mimicked her.  Using her thrify ways and her alternative lifestyle as ways to poke fun at her, I wish Suze Orman was a regular skit on SNL every week.








  #2.  Kathie Lee Gifford

Absolutely the funniest impression on SNL at the moment.  Her over the top Kathie Lee who constantly razzes Hoda and talks about how old Frank is just a great addition to SNL.  For anyone who has ever watched Kathie Lee, you will understand how funny this is. 






#1.  Dooneese from the Lawrence Welk Show

This character is someone that could be creepy and so out there but Kristen plays it so genuinely that it works perfectly.  One of four sisters in a singing group from the Finger Lakes, Dooneese, doesn’t really have the polish that her siblings do.  They all have boyfriends and are pretty with beautiful voices, and Dooneese likes to eat roadkill and catch bubbles with her very tiny hands.  You have to see it to believe it, there are almost no words to describe Dooneese, except hilarious.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeannine smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Isn’t #1’s name Junice? I don’t care what the hell the name is, I think of it a few times a day and crack myself up…..


  2. […] Krisen Wiig kicked butt as Suze Orman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "Saturday Night Liv… (we're going to go ahead and say Target Lady is a real person, too). […]


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