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Kristen Carroll Wiig ( "wig"; born August 22, 1973) is an Americanmarker comic actress who currently appears as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

She is a member of the Groundlings, and also appeared in the first season of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show.

Personal life

Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New Yorkmarker. At the age of three she and her family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamarker, and later on to Rochester, New Yorkmarker, where she remained until she graduated from Brighton High School in 1991. She went on to attend the University of Arizonamarker with a major in art. She was hired as a graphic artist by a plastic surgery clinic to show clientele what they would look like after surgery, but left for Los Angelesmarker before ever starting the job to pursue an acting career. In Los Angeles she joined The Groundlings, working "odd jobs".

Career

Wiig's work was mainly on the comedy circuit, including as a regular performer in The Perks, a featured show at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre whose run ended in 2000. In 2003 she starred on the Spike TV spoof show The Joe Schmo Show, a satire of reality television in which she played "Dr. Pat", the Quack Marriage Counselor.

Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live shortly into its 31st season, on November 12, 2005. In Wiig's first sketch, she played the wife of Jason Sudeikis; the two accidentally pick up an escaped murderer (Jason Lee), unwittingly giving the murderer carte blanche to break into their home and violate their blind niece. Wiig survived an SNL budget cut, becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of the show's 32nd season in 2006. Wiig has become famous for her characters Penelope, the one-upper; Gilly, a highly mischievous schoolgirl; The Target Lady, a clerk at the chain store and a kitsch collector; and Judy Grimes, a nervous travel agent frequently appearing on Weekend Update. She has also played real-life people such as Suze Orman, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

According to New York magazine, Wiig appeared in more sketches on Saturday Night Live Season 34 than any other cast member, appearing in 124 sketches and averaging 5.8 appearances per episode. She was also the only female regular cast member on SNL during the 34th season, following Amy Poehler's departure to work on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation.

Wiig made her big screen debut to high praise in Judd Apatow’s 2007 smash-hit comedy Knocked Up as Katherine Heigl’s passive-aggressive boss. She also played opposite John C. Reilly in Jake Kasdan’s Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film, and opposite Ricky Gervais in David Koepp’s Ghost Town. Most recently, Wiig appeared opposite Ryan Reynolds in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, Mike Judge’s Extract, co-starring Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr., and Mila Kunis; and in Whip It!, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut with the aforementioned star, Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden and Juliette Lewis.

She recently co-wrote a script with her Groundlings co-worker Annie Mumolo for Universal Pictures. Judd Apatow will produce the film. Upcoming work also includes Greg Mottola’s Paul, co-starring Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, and Bill Hader; “MacGruber” opposite SNL castmate Will Forte; and her first purely dramatic role opposite Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella in Andrew Jarecki’s “All Good Things”. Most recently, Wiig has signed on to appear in SNL castmate Casey Wilson’s upcoming "lady buddy-comedy" film Ass Backwards, which is set to start filming in November 2009.

In December 2008, Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 Great Performances for her various impersonations on Saturday Night Live and in April 2009, Wiig was featured in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood.

On July 16, 2009, Wiig was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Film and television

Wiig in December 2008
Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Joe Schmo Show (TV) Dr. Pat
2004 Life, Death, and Mini-Golf Debbie
2005 - present Saturday Night Live (TV) Various Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 2009
2006 The Enigma with a Stigma Tux Shop Employee
Unaccompanied Minors Carole Malone
2007 Knocked Up Jill
30 Rock (TV) Candace Van der Shark Episode: Somebody to Love
Meet Bill Jane Whitman
The Brothers Solomon Janine
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Edith Cox
2008 Semi-Pro Bear Handler
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Yoga Instructor
Pretty Bird Mandy
Ghost Town Surgeon
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various
2009 Flight of the Conchords Brahbrah Love is a Weapon of Choice
Adventureland Paulette
Whip It! Maggie Mayhem
Extract Suzie
Bored to Death Jennifer Episode: The Alanon Case
2010 All Good Things Lauren Fleck completed
Ass Backwards TBA filming
Despicable Me Miss Hattie (voice) completed
Date Night TBA completed
How to Train Your Dragon Ruffnut (voice) completed
The Monkey Factory Various Voices FOX Animated Series (currently in pilot stage)
MacGruber: The Movie Vicki completed
Paul Ruth Buggs completed


References

  1. Interview with Letterman
  2. They're live on SNL, a December 2005 USA Today article
  3. Village Voice article
  4. New York Magazine excerpt
  5. Entertainment Weekly mention
  6. Entertainment Weekly mention
  7. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20045108_20045123_20291534,00.html
  8. Kristen Wiig at TV Guide.com - 2009 Emmy nominees
  9. The Alanon Case - Yahoo! TV


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