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Goodbye Kristin Wiig

Last night was Kristin Wiig’s last show as a Saturday Night Live performer. Above, the show’s season farewell, which doubled as a moving tribute to her. Watch it; it’ll make you happy, especially if you are Scott Galupo.

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20 Comments To "Goodbye Kristin Wiig"

#1 Comment By Scott Galupo On May 20, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

I DVR’d it and have watched it, oh, about five times today.

#2 Comment By Sands77 On May 20, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

I thought Don Knotts passed away a few years ago?  I was really surprised when I clicked on that video and saw him on ‘SNL’ speaking with a British accent.

#3 Comment By Noah07G On May 20, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

I love that lady.  I really hope she does well.  Luckily she’s already done a number of movies and things, pre “graduation,” out  in the “real” world…

Anyway, she’s so funny, talented, attractive, etc, I’m sure she’ll do fine.

#4 Comment By P Gustafson On May 20, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

She was okay, but I won’t miss Gilly or any one of a number of annoying one note characters that they kept inflicting on us way past past their freshness date (Target cashier, “don’t make me sing” lady, Lawrence Welk odd sister, etc.)

#5 Comment By K.W. Jeter On May 20, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

Seconding P Gustafson’s comment. The fact that Wiig was a featured performer on SNL is an indication of how far the show has declined from its original cast days. Gilda Radner would’ve walked all over her.

#6 Comment By Beyng On May 20, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

She wasn’t funny.  Good riddance.  I suppose it’s true that SNL is only funny in whatever period corresponds with your life between the ages of about 17 and 22, but, lawsy, SNL has been positively unfunny for the past few years, in large part because of its over-reliance on Wiig and her painfully uncomical “characters.” 

#7 Comment By Mitchell On May 20, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

Jagger would have made a great headmaster.

#8 Comment By James Kabala On May 20, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

This show was occasionally funny at one time (albeit always tending toward the off-color), but any time I have been foolish enough to tune in in the last five years or more, it is usually (except for the opening political sketch) obscene at Family Guy levels.  Would Wendell Berry watch it?

#9 Comment By carolr527 On May 20, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

This was embarrassing.  Loren must really like Kristen.  Tina Fey never got a send-off like this.  I couldn’t tell if Jason Sudeikis was trying to hold it together or if he was angry that he’s said to be leaving and he got nuthin’.

#10 Comment By Sean Nelson On May 20, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

I thought it was touching, and last night’s show was actually quite good. Mick Jagger and Wiig as contestants on a 50’s celebrity game show, the Lawrence Welk send-up, “So You Think You Can Dance at a Summer Music Festival”… I was pleasantly surprised. And the music was very good, especially Arcade Fire and Jeff Beck (though the election-year blues Jagger wrote was bland on both the humor and political scale).

I think Wiig got this send-off because she’s graduated from writer and sketch comedienne to bona-fide movie star in her time on the show. I think she she richly deserved it, and I found it moving.

#11 Comment By thehova83 On May 20, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

Why is it that most female comedians come across as unlikable (maybe I’m being sexist….indeed most male comics come across as unlikable too).

But Wiig is more than likable.  Her comedy has a gentle playfulness.  She’s awesome.  She will be missed from SNL.  

#12 Comment By Charles Cosimano On May 20, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

 Wendell Berry would never watch television.  He can’t figure out how to get a candle to power one.

#13 Comment By Glaivester On May 20, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

Really?  The only funny act that they had when I was 17-22 was the
“Night at the Roxbury” guys.

#14 Comment By SiarlysJenkins On May 20, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

This reminds me why I haven’t watched SNL since the original cast left the show. It should have died then. This in turn reminds me of how much I admired the author of Calvin and Hobbes terminating the series when he recognized that he had written about all the lines there were to write on that theme. Finally, this all reminds me of Dan Akroyd presiding as principal over a senior prom, forbidding the playing of rock music on the ground that it leads to “dungarees, inter-racial dating and beer.” That was supposed to be funny, but today we hear voices who take such notions serious again.

#15 Comment By Mitchell On May 20, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

BTW anyone notice the demographics in that scene. Other that the two black guys, who promptly positioned themselves at the back of the stage, SNL seems to be SWPL heaven (or haven), complete with wistful 1960s songs. 

#16 Comment By Beyng On May 21, 2012 @ 10:02 am

 Two potential responses:

1) I can’t avoid the assessment that, even in recent years, SNL was superior to its current Wiigish incarnation by virtue of folks like Will Ferrell, Norm MacDonald, Chris Farley, Tracy Morgan, etc.  Wiig was essentially the only “star” in the current cast, and, as I said, she simply wasn’t funny.

2) Perhaps it is the case after all that SNL was never all that funny. 

#17 Comment By thehova83 On May 21, 2012 @ 10:59 am

Heh, this happens to every generation.   I remember when Farley, Ferrell, Norm, etc… were on, everyone complained about them and how the show was better 5-10 years before.  Now people are longing for them. 

I’m already hearing people say how much better SNL was when Tina Fey, amy poehler, etc.. were on the show. In just a few years, I’m people will say how much they miss Wiig and crew.

#18 Comment By James Kabala On May 21, 2012 @ 11:45 am

Actually, I knew Berry didn’t even own a television, and I was being deliberately sarcastic.  But I am genuinely curious to know why Dreher enjoys Saturday Night Live as a show and/or Wiig as a performer (from what I understand, her movie was even worse morally) and how he reconciles it with his overall worldview.

#19 Comment By RodDreher On May 21, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

I don’t watch SNL, and haven’t watched it regularly in … gosh, I don’t know. I used to catch it occasionally, but it’s too unreliably funny. It’s not a moral thing with me; it’s just that I’d almost always rather be reading late at night. I’ve enjoyed Wiig in most things I’ve seen her in. I only posted this because I thought it was sweet and touching, and because I’m a Stones fan.

#20 Comment By James Kabala On May 23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

 Fair enough.  I didn’t mean to seem like a stuck in the mud.