This was the most wonderful tribute. Kristen has long been my
favourite cast member and is someone whose skills as a performer are
unrivaled as far as I am concerned. To me, Wiig can do anything and
never fails to elicit laughs from me. Not only is she a brilliant
character actress and sometimes impressionist, she is an outstanding
physical comedienne and possesses a unique comic timing. The characters
she brought to SNL were so varied, nuanced and idiosyncratic that, even
if they weren’t fully-realized, they were still a thrill to watch.
I have been watching SNL regularly since 2005 and Kristen was the
cast member I immediately latched onto. I remember recording myself
doing an impression of Suze Orman or doing Target Lady, all while trying
and failing to emulate Wiig’s vocal tics. Ditto with the Monex sketch,
which I can still recite by heart, owing to the hours I spent watching
it and transcribing it and performing it aloud for my weary parents.
This is a long-winded way of saying that I am really going to miss
Wiig’s presence on the show and truly value the insurmountable
contribution she has made to SNL over the last number of years.
I can’t wait to see where her career takes her and I have no doubt but
that she will continue to be crazy successful in whatever endeavors she
chooses to pursue.
My life as a TV pitch -
"While all the other kids are out getting up to mischief, Amy stays indoors watching PBS documentaries and clips of Furry Vengeance, wondering if Brendan Fraser will ever get his act together."
19. Laughing & writing are my favourite things.