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Top 10 Kristen Wiig moments on SNL - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 15th 2008 11:58AM
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Ever since her Saturday Night Live debut in 2005, Kristen Wiig has been stealing scenes and startling viewers with her strange, high-energy characters and performances. Despite the fact that the last few seasons have been generally mediocre, she is one of the strongest players in the cast, alongside the likes of Bill Hader and... My favorites are just Wiig and Hader, actually. Never mind. My point is, it didn't take long for Wiig to win over the audience with performances like these.

Judy Garland on Vincent Price's Thanksgiving Special: I think this was the first time Kristen Wiig really caught my eye. Her Judy Garland and Bill Hader's Vincent Price made this sketch, and I like to pretend it ended a little before Eva Longoria showed up as Lucille Ball. Now that I think about it, we could do with some more Vincent Price in this season. Everyone could always do with more Vincent Price.



The Suze Orman Show: I'm sure there are some people out there that have never heard of Suze Orman and just think that she's a made-up character for SNL. With Wiig's take on the financial expert, it's not hard to see why.



Surprise Party: For some reason, Christopher Walken's last hosting stint was not quite as amazing as his previous appearances. His low energy deliveries drained the sketches instead of selling the ol' Walken charm. Wiig's over-excited character from this sketch brought some much needed enthusiasm to this episode. Plus, it's always funny when people crash through windows.



The Japanese Office: This was an absolutely hilarious Digital Short in general, but Wiig's chipmunk giggling made things even better. More Japanese Pam Beesley, please.



Iconoclasts: Who would have guessed there would be such chemistry between Charles Barkley and Bjork? Unfortunately, this first on-screen appearance was the duo's last, as we haven't seen the odd couple since. These two are begging for a recurring sketch, even if they really have no business being together. It'd probably be worth it just to hear Barkley call her "Bork."



Penelope at Traffic School: There are no surprises in these sketches about Wiig's compulsive liar character, but it's worth watching, if only to sit in awe of her million words a minute delivery. Reading aloud that fast is just begging for an on-screen face-plant, yet Wiig never fails to deliver.



Judy Grimes on "Weekend Update": Another demonstration of Wiig's incredibly sharp, super-speed speech. The speed of Judy Grime's "just kidding, just kidding" puts Penelope's everything to shame. Also, SNL made a smart move by never bringing her back. Yes, it was hilarious, but seeing her every week would have made our nerves explode. Not kidding.



Two A-Holes Go to the Gym: This is probably one of the most formulaic character sketches on the show today, but the inexplicable charm of Wiig and Jason Sueikis's characters keep us coming back for more.



Jamie Lee-Curtis and Activia: Yogurt that makes you poop is inherently funny. I think we can all agree on that. Throw in Wiig as Jamie Lee-Curtis and everyone is set. Now, if only we could get rid of that Ashton Kutcher guy...



Michelle Dison:
I have a soft spot for cringe-worthy characters, so I loved Michelle Dison's creepy attempts to flirt with her interviewees. The subtle, nervous little moments in Wiig's speech add an extra layer of super-awkward.



All right, I could go on forever about fantastic Wiig is, but limiting myself to ten items is good for all of us. What are your favorite Wiig moments on SNL?

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Kristen Wiig attends a special screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers with Bombay Sapphire at The IFC Center on September 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristen Wiig

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Kristen Wiig attends the after party for "Ghost Town" hosted by The Cinema Society at The Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristen Wiig

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Kristen Wiig and Aasif Mandvi attend the after party for "Ghost Town" hosted by The Cinema Society at The Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristen Wiig;Aasif Mandvi

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Kristen Wiig and Greg Kinnear attend the after party for "Ghost Town" hosted by The Cinema Society at The Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristen Wiig;Greg Kinnear

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    Actress Kristen Wiig arrives at the screening of "Ghost Town" hosted by The Cinema Society, with Brooks Brothers and Bombay Sapphire, at the IFC Center on September 15, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Kristen Wiig and actor Aasif Mandvi attends the after party for "Ghost Town" at the Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Kristen Wiig attends the after party for "Ghost Town" at the Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Kristen Wiig and Greg Kinnear attend the after party for "Ghost Town" at the Soho Grand Hotel on September 15, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actors Kristen Wiig and Ricky Gervais speak at the "Ghost Town" press conference during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

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    Actress Kristen Wiig speaks at the "Ghost Town" press conference during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

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emunch7

come on, the target lady! absolute best snl character ever!

March 16 2012 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

how the **** is the lawrence welk show not on here?

January 28 2012 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brian

Love Kristen as the 60's Password lady ... she is so funny !

January 09 2012 at 2:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WittySparks

Find more information about Kristen Wiig at http://flair.wittysparks.com/topic/Kristen+Wiig

December 04 2011 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Colin

I love her Suze Orman and Surprise Party characters. However, last night they were both on the show, and I was very disappointed. Kristin changed her Suze voice -- I want the old one back! And something was off for the Surprise Party character. Maybe it was just the writing...But it was just much too similar to the other sketch with Christopher Walken.

October 19 2008 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Samantha

great list! :oD the only thing that's missing is the Target lady :o) lol I love how excited she gets when she sees something she likes and then just leaves the customer hanging lol gets me every time!

but the Iconoclasts with Charles Barkley and Bjork was hilarious...she's so great I absolutely love her!

October 17 2008 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark

Kristen Wiig is just plain hot.

October 17 2008 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

What about the Carpool sketch with Kristin and Alec Baldwin from last season (2007-2008)? That thing was an instant classic!!!

October 17 2008 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bri

Great post! I also really liked the Hepburn impression from another Vincent Price sketch.

I'm a big fan of Wiig, but that's kinda evident with this.. http://kristenwiigfan.com.



October 16 2008 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

She's definitely the best current cast member. My personal favorites are probably the Penelope skits and the Mirror Image one.

October 16 2008 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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