Do you remember that defining moment as a child watching something or experiencing something for the first time and being completely mind blown at it’s ability to cater specifically to you…and you only? Perhaps you sat, alone, pondering: How did this magical song/person or movie know I would find it so perfectly awesome? Well, for me, that thing was every sketch Kristen Wiig performed on SNL.
It all began with her infamous character, Penelope. This obnoxious character was known for her incessant one-upping delivered under her breath all the while twirling her hair. I took this character and ran with it. I did it at school, family parties, and just about anywhere else I thought no one would catch me stealing from the ultimate, Wiig-ster. It was just soo funny to me. I felt as though I had personally – me and only me – had discovered this completely genuine brand of comedy. And of course, I wanted to exploit it!
Knowing that none of my friends watched SNL and that I had could get away with ripping off this bit, I allowed my unknowing peers to laugh at (and with) me. I revelled in the attention. I revelled in the laughs. But mostly, I revelled in my ability to get it away with it all.
Of course, this was short-lived – and soon, my friends discovered my stolen comedy via YouTube. But that didn’t change the fact that Kristen Wiig taught me some valuable life lessons. Never be ashamed of your ‘funny face’! Don’t try and hide your double chin! Don’t run away from unflattering wigs! LIVE. LOVE. KRISTEN WIIG. read more…