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Kristen Carroll Wiig (pronounced /ˈwiːɡ/; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Wiig was a member of improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings,and has appeared in several films and television series, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, Flight of the Conchords, Adventureland, and Paul. Her voice acting credits include "Ruffnut" in How to Train Your Dragon, "Miss Hattie" in Despicable Me and "Lola Bunny" in the series The Looney Tunes Show.

In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in Bridesmaids, receiving nominations both for her acting and writing, which included the Golden Globe for Best Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Original Screenplay.[4] She is the first female SNL cast member to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Life and CareerEdit

  • Her father is of Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English and Scottish descent.[7] The name "Wiig" hails from the area of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway.[8]
  • She took an acting class in university to fulfill a course requirement; her teacher suggested she continue to act.[10]

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 in Greg Mottola's Paul.

Wiig also appeared as the yoga teacher in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
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SNL (Saturday Night Live)Edit

Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live shortly into its 31st season, on November 12, 2005.[3] She survived an SNL budget cut,[12] becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of the show's 32nd season 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 a 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; Toni Ward, 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, Taylor Swift, Christine O'Donnell, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and socialite Kris Jenner.


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