Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Night Live’

A Farewell to Kristen Wiig

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I didn’t stay up to watch Mick Jagger and the SNL gang bid farewell to cast member Kristen Wiig last night, but I watched clips this morning. I have to say that I’ve always hated it when my favorite comedians “graduate” from the show to pursue their movie careers; it makes me feel abandoned. But I’d do the same thing in their position. The grind of doing a weekly show must get old after awhile, so why shouldn’t they leave?

And Wiig so deserves the success she’s sure to find with a broader audience. She’s so talented, whether she’s doing an impersonation of a well known figure or creating a character out of whole cloth. She’s even funny when she’s reading bad poetry.

But her breakout role was, of course, the one she wrote for herself in “Bridesmaids.” I still laugh every time I see her in this scene.

I’ll miss her on SNL, but I’m a fan and can’t wait to see what she does next.

 

A Moment Or Ten About Justin Timberlake

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

(courtesy: people.com)

I admit it. I was never a fan. Maybe it was the falsetto. Maybe it was the mimicking of Michael Jackson’s moves. Maybe it was his path to stardom – a combo of his role on the “New Mickey Mouse Club,” his fronting of ‘N Sync and his relationship with Britney Spears. I wrote him off as a boy band dweeb.

But then came the hosting gigs on “SNL” and “What Goes Around Comes Around” (a recording I actually bought) and, ultimately, his movie roles, including his genuinely impressive turn in “Social Network,” for which I thought he’d get an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor.

http://youtu.be/uC5wVJrhzl0

Last night he hosted the season finale of “SNL” and his opening monologue convinced me – a little late to the party, granted – that he’s the real deal.

http://youtu.be/K7heLbANzTU

I was spellbound by his musical number. The guy is so versatile he could probably anchor a Broadway show. And he has comic chops too.

So I was wrong, Justin. I’m sorry. You’re talented. Forgive me.