Blame Kristen Wiig

4 Feb

Sometimes it’s tough finding fun weekend activities to do in the winter.  It’s cold, snowy, The Department of Transportation doesn’t plow your road.  This was certainly the case for the Mondoos last weekend.   The weekend started out well as Friday was date night followed by a birthday celebration for Vitamin G, where, incidentally, I FINALLY got to sass a boy in a bar.  First of all, I say boy because honestly, this young man looked as if he were 18 years old.  Second of all, he must have been really drunk because not only was he lying through his teeth about growing up in up-state New York (“Oh yeah, where in upstate?”  “Um, I dunno.”  “You don’t remember where you grew up?”  “Um, no.”) but he failed to notice my giant pregnant belly (or maybe that’s what drew him to me, weirdo).  He eventually grew tired of my disinterest and calling out his lies and said: “Ok, you are either out of my league or just think that you’re out of my league…”  I stopped him and said:  “Oh honey, I’m married, pregnant and TOTALLY out of your league.”  OOO, burn!  Where was Mr. Mondoo during all of this mess?  Flirting with Vitamin G’s boyfriend over the latest news in professional wrestling.

But I digress.  Unfortunately after a fun-filled Friday, Saturday left us snowed in and after successfully reading everything on the internet, watching a movie that made Mr. Mondoo cry, crock potting a delicious pot roast, and unsuccessfully baking chocolate chip cookies, our only option left for fun was tuning in to Saturday Night Live to see if the new year would suddenly make it funny.  Well, news flash.  It still sucks.  And, let’s face it, SNL has sucked for a looooong time.  Occasionally they have a funny skit here or there, but usually all of their funny stuff is contained within the confines of Digital Shorts or Weekend Update.  Most of the skits are lame and after watching the most recent episode, I’m finally ready to proclaim, it’s all Kristen Wiig’s fault.

For some inexplicable reason (although I’ll do my best to surmise), Lorne Michaels has chosen to showcase Kristen Wiig as his primary female cast member.  The only problem is that Kristen Wiig is completely unfunny.

Let’s explore (NBC won’t let me embed videos, probably because they are so hilarious that they don’t want them to be easily played everywhere, so you’ll need to click on the links to watch the videos, wah wah):

Penelope

Ok, yes, we ALL know one of these people:  the one-upper.  But has an experience with a one-upper EVER been funny in real life?  NO.  It’s incredibly annoying and uncomfortable.  Much like Kristen Wigg’s recurring character of Penelope.

Gilly

I checked out SNL’s Christmas special this year, hoping for some classic (and funny) holiday sketches from years past and instead I was met with the host for the Christmas special:  Gilly.   As if that wasn’t bad enough, there were like ten Gilly sketches during the entire special.  Dear SNL writers, what is funny about Gilly?  She’s a mean “little girl” whose only retort is a lispy: “Sorry.”  Writing FAIL.

Ski Resort

Yes, Kristen Wiig is annoying but SNL is just annoying in general.  ALL sketches last far too long, even the funny ones, case in point, the above clip.   Some sketches start out funny (even some, maybe just this one, with Kristen Wiig) and then last so unbearably long that you forgot that it once used to be funny and now you’re just bored.

1920s Party

“Don’t make me sing.”  Ugh, don’t make me change the channel.  As if it isn’t obvious by now, all of Kristen Wiig’s characters are the same.  She uncontrollably turns her head from side to side, speaks all fast but in a hushed tone, and darts her beady eyes in all directions.  If it weren’t for the change in wigs and costume, the audience would never know that we’ve moved on to a new sketch.

Let’s be honest, folks, Kristen Wiig is terribly unfunny.  It’s very obvious to me that she is simply trying to follow in the footsteps of her equally unfunny SNL foremothers Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri.  Ms. Wiig, these two ladies spent their SNL years playing the same, unfunny characters over and over again and look how their careers turned out.  I’d be careful if I were you.

Kristen Wiig is such a one-trick pony.  Just like a blogger who writes about the same three ideas day in and day out… wait a second…  Holding down a blog on your own and posting everyday is tough!  I can’t help it if some weeks all I do is complain about celebrities, fantasize about food, and then do it again the next two days, rounding out the week with a sub-par edition of Love/Hate.  So, yeah, sorry, Kristen Wiig. I was kinda hard on you today.

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10 Responses to “Blame Kristen Wiig”

  1. Rosalie February 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    1. I was totally there for the sassing! I feel famous now. I had forgotten all about those kids — I was talking to the one who was a little more with it, but he was still definitely young and clueless and trying to talk a big game.

    2. I agree about Kristen Wiig. The Gilly Christmas Special? What the hell? Even Steve Martin was forced to interact with Gilly. It also seems like she (or Lorne) is squeezing out the other female cast members, who never get to do much of anything and frequently don’t last more than a season or two. But I think up-and-comer Nasim Pedrad (a Middle-Eastern person, even!) is going to give her a run for her money, if she gets a chance. Also John Hamm and Taylor Swift have been the only decent hosts this season, so I thought this week was ok overall. (I also stayed in and watched SNL, with the lovely and amazing Vitamin G and her boyfriend.)

    • mondoo February 5, 2010 at 8:33 am #

      Rosalie, you ARE famous! You’re Rosalie from http://somethingdelicious.blogspot.com! It was so lovely meeting you last weekend and I like you even more now that I know you agree with me on this Kristen Wiig situation 😉

  2. summer February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    ack! i love kristen wiig

  3. summer February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    and i thought this last SNL was fabulous! robert byrd…the court reporter…DON FREAKIN DRAPER

    • mondoo February 5, 2010 at 10:06 am #

      Parks and Rec, SNL, Kristen Wiig, Harry Potter, Twilight… we have VERY different interests, Summer! ‘Tis the spice of life! I do agree that the Scott Brown sketch was quite good and Weekend Update never fails, especially with a “Snookie” appearance. But overall, let’s stick a fork in SNL, it’s done… and charred and burnt, IMHO.

  4. Pete March 10, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I completely disagree. I think you miss the point entirely. Perhaps you should google the words ‘ spoof’ and ‘satire’. Those annoying one-upper people you refer to is exactly what she is spoofing. As for her other regular characters… they’re all a riot. She can definitely carry that show on her own merits.
    I do belive you have tapped your creative capabilities if running down the comic genius of Kristen Wiig is all you have left.
    Perhaps a basket weaving course might stir something in you?

    • Beefer March 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      Relax, Petey Pablo. Reasonable minds can differ, especially when it comes to humor–or lack thereof. I’m pretty sure Mondoo knows exactly what “spoof” and “satire” means. Maybe you were so incensed that you didn’t get to last paragraph. Or maybe you don’t understand what “sarcasm” or “self-deprecation” mean.

      I’ve got to say, though, that if playing the exact same awkward, stumbling character in everything you do qualifies you as a “comic genius,” then Larry the Cable Guy is gittin’ ‘er dun!

      I’m glad to see that your basket weaving course has let out for spring break, so you can apparently catch up on all the Kristen Wiig blog entries posted during the last two months.

  5. Niggapleez March 31, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Kristen Wiig is uncomfortably unfunny, and utterly annoying. Fire Seth Meyers as well as Kristen, because he’s supposed to be the head writer and he lets her get away with crap skit after crap skit. Oh and I want to bang the dog snot outt Abby Elliot and Jenny Slate.

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