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In Which I Spring To The Defense Of Kristen Wiig

Posted on | May 24, 2012 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

Wow, the knives came out, via Breitbart, against Kristen Wiig. “Not in the same league as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Will Ferrell”.
John Belushi was in his own category. Chevy Chase is comparable. Will Ferrell? Really?
I guess Hulu isn’t interested in helping a blogger out, but I think Wiig’s 2006 Nancy Pelosi sendup is arguably the funniest cold open in SNL history.


17 Responses to “In Which I Spring To The Defense Of Kristen Wiig”

  1. Mike G.
    May 24th, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Oh Hell!…Palomino dammit!

  2. JeffWeimer
    May 24th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    “Just pot” “Oh, OK.”

  3. JeffS
    May 24th, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I have no opinion on Wiig on SNL, as I stopped watching SNL years ago, when it stopped being funny.

    Perhaps’s that is an indictment of Wiig, as unfunny shows tend to have unfunny people on their roster.

  4. Steve in TN
    May 24th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    SNL? Oh, that.

  5. JeffS
    May 24th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    Kinda sort off thread, but I’m wondering if you’d seen this fascinating article concerning the world’s favorite never-was has-been loser.

  6. richard mcenroe
    May 24th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    I haven’t watched SNL, literally in decades.  Tried to once or twice but there were literally no jokes.

  7. smitty
    May 24th, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Did you follow that like in the post, though? Wiig flogged Pelosi like the proverbial rented mule there.

  8. richard mcenroe
    May 24th, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

     Glad to hear it, but the risk of getting SNL on my eyeballs is one I take seriously.

    And flogging Pelosi isn’t all that daring.  They know she can’t be embarrassed, can’t be shamed and won’t ever be voted out by her degenerate constituencies.  No big dare there.

  9. Andrew Patrick
    May 25th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    What if I think Chevy Chase was and is completely overrated?

  10. ThePaganTemple
    May 25th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    When Bill Clinton first became President, the guy slated to play him on SNL made a statement to the effect that he looked forward to it, but it would be all in fun and no disrespect would be intended, as he respected the new President. That kind of tells you the mindset of this bunch in general. There’s no way they are ever really going to flay liberal politicians alive like they should be, with few exceptions. Granted, they did at one time eviscerate Ted Kennedy as a drunken lush womanizer, but things like that are the exception that proves the rule.

    SNL’s political skits are fucking lame, and any more, fewer and fewer of their non-political skits are worth barely more than a disinterested chuckle, if that. More often than not, these people are simply irritating, especially when they ram a joke’s head through a brick wall making sure you get all the references a la Mad Magazine. When a program makes you feel like shooting your television, that’s not too funny.

  11. Grumpa Grumpus
    May 25th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    I’m 96, what the heck is SNL (none of my Grand- or Great-grandchildren are around to clue me in…).

    Is it another regulatory agency?

  12. RichFader
    May 25th, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    The original cast plus Bill Murray is to “Saturday Night Live” what Sean Connery is to the James Bond franchise, except more so. There’s been some good stuff after they left, to be sure, but they’re still always going to be the standard by which their successors are judged.

  13. RichFader
    May 25th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Make-up call to Bristol in 5…4…3…2…

    Howls of derisive laughter and hang-up by Bristol in 10…9…8…7…

  14. RichFader
    May 25th, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Chase was okay, but Bill Murray was as good a replacement or better. The guys who really took a chunk out of the show when they left were Aykroyd and Belushi.

  15. ThePaganTemple
    May 25th, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

     Ditto on Aykroyd and Belushi, but Murray was so far above Chevy Chase there’s no comparison. I’d also have to go with Eddie Murphy and Jon Lovitz as being among the best, and to a lesser extent Dana Carvey and Michael Myers. The only females that were good were Gilda Radner, and Victoria Jackson if just for the eye candy value alone. Everybody else was (and is) forgettable. 

  16. ThePaganTemple
    May 25th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

     Meh. I like the new Bond better than all the others, including Connery, so that comparison doesn’t work for me. Of course I liked George Lazenby, so what do I know?

  17. Charles
    May 25th, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

     Yes, that’s the definitive Nancy Pelosi. And right out of the gate in 2006.