Wiig in May 2008
|Born||Kristen Carroll Wiig
August 22, 1973 
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, comedienne, screenwriter, producer|
Kristen Carroll Wiig (//; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, and writer who is best known for her work as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012. She was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and has appeared in several television series and films, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, Flight of the Conchords, Adventureland, Paul, and Arrested Development. Her voice acting credits include Ruffnut in How to Train Your Dragon, Miss Hattie in Despicable Me, Lucy Wilde in Despicable Me 2 and Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show. In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in the 2011 comedy film, Bridesmaids, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Musical/Comedy, as well as nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. She has also garnered four consecutive nominations (2009–2012) for an Emmy Award as an Outstanding Supporting Actress for her roles on Saturday Night Live.
Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New York, the daughter of Laurie J. (née Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, who ran a lake marina in Western New York. Her father is of Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English and Scottish descent. The name Wiig comes from the area of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway. Wiig moved with her family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the age of three, and attended Nitrauer Elementary School. She later moved to Rochester, New York, where she attended and graduated from Brighton High School. Wiig attended the University of Arizona, majoring in Art. When she took an acting class in college to fulfill a course requirement, the teacher suggested she continue to act. She dropped out of school and relocated to Los Angeles, where she joined The Groundlings while working odd jobs to support herself. Wiig spent her first two college years at Roanoke College.
Wiig's work has mostly been in comedy, including performing at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre. In 2003, she appeared in the Spike TV show The Joe Schmo Show, a spoof of reality television, in which she played "Dr. Pat", the quack marriage counselor.
Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live shortly into Season 31, on November 12, 2005. She survived an SNL budget cut, becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of Season 32 in 2006. Her characters include Penelope, a neurotic attention-seeker; Kat, half of the musical duo Garth and Kat (frequently appearing on Weekend Update alongside Fred Armisen); Dooneese Maharelle on the Lawrence Welk show; Mindy Grayson in the Secret Word sketches, Gilly, a highly mischievous schoolgirl; Sue, who can't control her excitement over surprises; The Target Lady, a clerk at the chain store and kitsch collector; Shanna, a sexy woman whose actions and stories gross people out; Cheryl Bryant, a TV game show host who gives away big prizes and is always more excited about the prize than the winners are; Judy Grimes, a nervous travel agent; Jacqueline Seka, predatory host of the Cougar Den; and Aunt Linda, a hard-to-please movie critic, both frequently appearing on Weekend Update. She has also played real-life people such as Björk, Suze Orman, Lana Del Rey, Kathie Lee Gifford, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Liza Minnelli, Christine O'Donnell, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and socialite Kris Jenner.
Wiig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
In December 2009, she headlined in the Christmas special SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas, which featured new sketches with her character Gilly and highlights of older SNL clips.
Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 Great Performances for her various impersonations on Saturday Night Live (December 2008) and in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood (April 2009). As of 2011, she has a role as the voice of Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show.
Wiig's final performance as a cast member on Saturday Night Live was Season 37, Episode 22, which aired on May 19, 2012. The show was hosted by Mick Jagger. The closing celebration included SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Will Forte and Rachel Dratch, as well as Steve Martin and Jon Hamm. She returned to host the program on May 11, 2013.
Wiig appeared in Judd Apatow's 2007 comedy Knocked Up as a passive-aggressive assistant. She also performed in Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film, and in David Koepp's Ghost Town. Wiig has also appeared in Greg Mottola's Adventureland, Mike Judge's Extract, and in Whip It, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut. Wiig also had a lead role as Ruth Buggs in Greg Mottola's comedy Paul. Wiig also appeared as the yoga teacher in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In 2010, she appeared in the films MacGruber, the animated comedies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things.
In 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo for Universal Pictures, released on May 13, 2011. The film became both a critical and box office success, receiving two nominations for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy and Wiig herself was nominated for Best Actress-Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. The film also received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for which Wiig and Mumolo were nominated. The second nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for co-star Melissa McCarthy. The movie grossed over $280 million worldwide.
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live
- The Target Lady
- The female half of Two A-Holes with Jason Sudeikis
- Aunt Linda
- Field correspondent Michelle Dison
- Dooneese Maharelle, the deformed singing sister on The Lawrence Welk Show
- Judy Grimes, Weekend Update's Travel Expert
- The Secret Word show's regular, stage actress Mindy Elise Grayson
- Virgania Horsen, commercials for hot air balloon travels instead of by plane
- Vicky St. Elmo, in MacGruber
- Sue, a woman who can never contain her excitement at surprise parties
- Sexy Shana, the sexy office worker with unsexy behavior
- Judith, in the "Dysfunctional Holiday Family"
- Gilly, a highly mischievous schoolgirl
- Hollywood Dish, as Anastasia Sticks
- Penelope, the attention seeker and one-upper
- Jacqueline Seka, co-host of "The Cougar Den"
- Cheryl Bryant, the overly-excited "Home Giveaway" reporter
- Triangle Sally, the triangle playing musician
- Kat, one half of the folk singing group "Garth and Kat"
- Jackie Snad[clarification needed]
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Carole Malone|
|2007||Meet Bill||Jane Whitman|
|2007||Brothers Solomon, TheThe Brothers Solomon||Janine|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Edith Cox|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Yoga Instructor|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Pudgy Beaver Mom (voice)|
|2009||Whip It!||Maggie Mayhem|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Ruffnut (voice)|
|2010||Date Night||Haley Sullivan|
|2010||MacGruber||Vicki St. Elmo|
|2010||Despicable Me||Miss Hattie (voice)|
|2010||All Good Things||Lauren Fleck|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Annie Walker||Also writer and producer|
|2011||Friends with Kids||Missy|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Angela|
|2013||Girl Most Likely||Imogene||Also executive producer|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Agent Lucy Wilde (voice)|
|2013||Hateship, Loveship||Johanna Parry||Post-production|
|2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Cheryl|
|2013||The Skeleton Twins||Maggie||Post-production|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Chani||Post-production|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Ruffnut (voice)||Post-production|
|2014||Welcome to Me||Alice||Filming|
|2003||Joe Schmo Show, TheThe Joe Schmo Show||Dr. Pat||9 Episodes|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kristy||Episode: "The Heartbreak Kid"|
|2004||Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show||Sandy||Episode: "House of the Rising Son-in-Law"|
|2005–2012||Saturday Night Live||Various||135 episodes|
|2007||30 Rock||Candace Van der Shark||Episode: "Somebody to Love"|
|2008||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Various||6 episodes|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Brahbrah||Episode: "Love is a Weapon of Choice"|
|2009–2010||Bored to Death||Jennifer Gladwell||3 Episodes|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Tristan (voice)||Episode: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?"|
|2010||Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show||Mrs. Stapleton (voice)||Episode: "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"|
|2011–present||Looney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes Show||Lola Bunny (voice)||25 episodes|
|2011||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Calliope Juniper (voice)||Episode: "Flaming Moe"|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Madame Hag Fish (voice)||Episode: "The Curse of the Hex"|
|2012||Portlandia||Gathy||Episode: "Cat Nap"|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Young Lucille Bluth||7 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Patty Hearst||Episode: "San Francisco"|
|2013||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Agent Annie Crawford (voice)||Episode: "Homerland"|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Cynthia||Post-production|
Awards and nominations
- She was named one of PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011.
- She is part of Time's 2012 list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World.
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (issue 1220/1221). August 17, 2012. p. 28.
- Official website
- Ryzik, Melena (January 4, 2009). "She's Really Shy, but That's a Secret". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
- They're live on SNL, a December 2005 USA Today article[clarification needed]]]
- Awards for Kristen Wiig at the Internet Movie Database
- "Kristen Wiig: 'My next movie – it's going to be a Porky's prequel' " November 18, 2011, The Guardian
- Margaret (Johnston) Harris Obituary at MPNow.com, August 6, 2010
- Always the bridesmaid – Film & Cinema, Entertainment. The Independent. (Ireland) Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- "Komi-Kristen" (in Norwegian), Film Magasinet
- Dominus, Susan (April 28, 2011). "Can Kristen Wiig Turn on the Charm?". The New York Times (New York City). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "How Real Is Reality Programming? SPIKE TV'S 'The Joe Schmo Show' Puts New Twist on Reality Show Genre, Where Only One Contestant Is Real" (Press release). SpikeTV. August 12, 2003. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- Village Voice article
- Kristen Wiig Emmy Award Winner
- Bierly, Mandi. (July 15, 2009) Emmy Awards: the 2009 nominees | EW.com. Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- Ryan, Joal (July 8, 2010). "Emmys 2010 Comedy Acting: Matthew Morrison Leads Glee Choir". ca.eonline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "15 Great Performances In 2008" Entertainment Weekly, Photo 19 of 20,
- "The 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood". Entertainment Weekly Photo 6 of 26
- Kristen Wiig gets an emotional sendoff – USA Today 5/20/12 accessed 5/20/12
- Luippold, Ross. "Kristen Wiig To Host 'SNL' May 11 With Vampire Weekend". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
- Jeremy Kay (July 21, 2009). "Mandate Pictures heads for the highway with female road movie". Screen Daily. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- Bridesmaids at Box Office Mojo
- "Kristen Wiig Rules Out Second Marriage". The San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle). June 13, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
- "Kristen Wiig: Riot Girl". Marie Claire (Marie Claire). July 10, 2012.
- "Kristen Wiig, Fabrizio Moretti Split". US Weekly (US Weekly). July 25, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
- "Kristen Wiig will be busy after 'SNL'". USA Today. May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- The Alanon Case – Yahoo! TV
- Winners For The First Annual “The Comedy Awards” Include David Letterman, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell & More – Ratings. TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig Named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011 | PETA.org. Features.peta.org. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- Time Magazine Retrieved on May 7, 2012
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