Ok, guys, this is not good news. You know how everyone always says that Saturday Night Live pretty much sucks these days? Well, it’s about to get a lot worse. Do you recognize that lady up there in that picture? Sure you do, that’s Kristen Wiig! She’s extraordinarily funny, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that she carries the whole show. If we had to pick a current star of the show, I’m sure there would be little debate that it’s this lady.
Yeah, she’s gone:
Two sources tell the new Us Weekly (on stands Friday) that several key Saturday Night Live players are following in the footsteps of SNL alums Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and ready to move on.
“Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season,” says one insider. “It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
And though a rep for Wiig, 38, and Sudeikis, 36, refutes this — telling Us, “No decisions are made until the season is over” — an insider says the timing is right, especially for the Bridesmaids star.
“Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago,” says a Wiig pal. “With her movie success, it’s no surprise.”
Meanwhile, Sudeikis has a new movie in the works, Relanxious, where he will star opposite his real-life love Olivia Wilde. In the flick (which also features SNL pal Fred Armisen) Sudeikis will play an agoraphobic looking for love.
Andy Samberg too?! The man who is partially responsible for many of my very favorite SNL skits ever? Say it ain’t so! What else, NBC? Who else could you possibly take away from us to hurt us any worse?
Oh yeah, right, there’s Jason Sudeikis too. Um, oh no! Please, don’t!
But wait, let’s think about who else we’ll still have on board. There’s Keenan Thompson and Fred Armisen, who are on their eighth and tenth seasons, respectively, and it looks as though they’re there to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. Seth Meyers is on his eleventh season, and he’s pretty good, and then there’s the fabulous Bill Hader, who has been there for seven seasons. Bill Hader could carry that show – Stefon, right? I also usually enjoy Abby Elliot and Vanessa Bayer, on their fourth and second seasons. So I guess all isn’t lost, right? There will still be some good stuff to look forward to (again, Stefon).
Besides, it’s not like Saturday Night Live will ever actually get cancelled. It won’t ever get cancelled, will it?
April 5, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
So, a lot of you guys had some pretty strong opinions on Lana Del Rey‘s Saturday Night Live performance a few weeks ago, and while I don’t think she did as poorly as some previous performers had in the past (the ones Kristen Wiig named in the above skit, and including my own personal favorite, Ashlee Simpson), her performance will definitely go down as one of the more memorable ones, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is definitely subjective. Lana’s very … unique.
In the clip above, Kristen Wiig (as Lana) chats with Seth Myers about her infamous performance, and though her impersonation was spot-on and definitely poked fun at the odd singer, she made a bunch of really good points that, yeah, maybe we should be laying off Lana, her music, and her eccentric-though-maybe-staged persona because really, who’s business is it if she’s genuine or put-on or, you know, whatever?
mean, she’s already not considering doing another album and she claims it’s because she’s already said everything she’s got to say, but we all know the probable real reason why: because people are bullies, right? But again, from Lana’s point of view, who’s business is it anyway?
Oh, of course, that’s right: it’s everyone’s business.
What do you guys think about Lana Del Ray, and do Kristen’s good points masked as mockery change your opinion even a little bit if you’re one of those who do feel negatively about her?
Also, check out the clip via YouTube if you can’t view the above player.
February 6, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
Judd Apatow did an interview with Variety, and it’s basically about how hard comedies are shafted during awards seasons. He says there’s this big misconception that comedies are much easier to make than dramas or action flicks, so comedies rarely, if ever, get nominated for big awards, and I agree. I think it’s sad that well-made comedic films with great scripts and solid acting don’t get more recognition, but this year might be different. This year, Bridesmaids could win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Bridesmaids just burst into the Top 10 list of predicted nominees for Best Picture, according to a poll of Oscarologists by Gold Derby. At this point it’s unknown how many nominees there will be, though. It will fluctuate between 5 and 10, depending on the strength of support behind the films.
The sudden awards surge for Bridesmaids is fueled by its recent performance at the Golden Globes (nominations for Best Comedy/Musical Picture and lead actress Kristen Wiig), SAG Awards (nom for supporting actress Melissa McCarthy and an unexpected bid for best ensemble) and American Film Institute (10 Best Films of 2011).
Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met, including myself, absolutely loved Bridesmaids. And hey, everyone loves Melissa McCarthy too. Those facts, along with all the award nominations should, in a perfect world, at least make for a nomination, right? Please?
December 21, 2011 at 7:30 am by Emily
I wonder who Kristen Wiig is dating these days, you have absolutely never asked yourself.
But the answer to this non-question sure is titillating! Why, the SNL ham was spotted with none other than Fabrizio Moretti at a Black Keys afterparty two nights ago. I’m sorry, did I say “spotted with” Moretti? I meant “on.” She was spotted on Fabrizio Moretti.
According to the New York Post‘s source, “They were literally on top of each other.” On top of each other! Literally! My word! Gracious! (Also, they were “canoodling.” But were they literally canoodling? The world may never know.)
Anyway. Nice work, Kristen! To many more public makeout sessions! If that’s your thing, I mean.
December 7, 2011 at 9:30 am by Jenn
It’s an especially notable distinction: most of GQ‘s Men of the Year are, well, men. (The 2009 Bro of the Year, for instance, was Paul Rudd.) This didn’t stop GQ from photographing Wiig in some pointedly un-bro-like lingerie, but whatever. I do like that she apparently drinks champagne through a straw.
The profile accompanying Wiig’s accolade was penned by none other than her Bridesmaids costar, Jon Hamm. His article is, uh, a lot shorter than GQ‘s other MOTY articles—here’s Michael Shannon’s profile, for comparison—but Hamm’s take on Wiig’s meteoric rise is complimentary and earnest.
He begins his profile of Wiig by describing their Bridesmaids sex scene together:
Bounding around in a flesh-colored thong, trying not to sweat all over Kristen while a hundred crew members are literally like, “Can we get this done, please?”—our embarrassment coupled with everyone else’s exhaustion lent that scene a particularly awkward sensibility. But it was inspiring to watch Kristen quarterback the team, be the cheerleader and decisionmaker, and then get in front of the camera and be hilarious.
Hamm goes on to give Wiig away as an “incredibly shy” person, for whom over-the-top acting is just that: an act. “But this is a woman who wore coconuts on her tits on SNL,” Hamm reassures us. “She can go to the craziest, most grotesque places on the planet in character.”
November 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Jenn
Here is a sad admission: I DON’T LAUGH THAT OFTEN. But this? This Saturday Night Live sketch from last night’s episode? Oh, I belly-laughed. I may have even guffawed. It was terrible, and I’m sorry. Except for, Kris Jenner is kind of the worst ever, and boy oh boy, did I laugh at Kristen Wiig’s version of Kris Jenner. Meanwhile, Andy Samberg’s limited talents (sorry!) were perfectly utilized in his portrayal of Kris Humphries. Oh, my God, and then Taran Killam as Bruce Jenner. Oh, my God. Just watch. (Charlie Day hosted.)
No, I do feel bad for laughing. I feel awful, actually: Kim Kardashian has reportedly flown to Minnesota to love-tackle (that’s a basketball term, right?) estranged husband Kris Humphries. Kim feels she was brash in ditching her husband of 72 days, evidently, and while this doesn’t signal a real reconciliation, I’m actually relieved that Kim is at least sort of trying.