Kristen wiig the one upper

Keywords: drew barrymore, ryan gosling, will ferrell, lorne michaels, tina fey, kirsten dunst, amy poehler, kristen wiig, mike judge, andy samberg, maya rudolph
Description: We think the "Can funny women be sexy?" debate is over for good now Bridesmaids is out.

Throughout Kristen Wiig's humble upbringing in rural Pennsylvania and upstate New York, she showed no signs of wanting to be an actress. But after taking a required performance class as an art major at the University of Arizona, Wiig caught that pesky acting bug and hightailed it to Los Angeles without so much as a note to her parents. With very little formal training and while struggling to land roles in L.A. Wiig tried her hand at a traditional acting class, and was quick to discover that it wasn't quite her scene. “It was one of those very Method classes where you have to sit for an hour with your eyes closed and pretend you’re drinking, like, hot soup,” she says.

After slumming it with the requisite struggling actress odd jobs -- at one point she was serving lunch to executives on the Universal Studios lot -- Wiig went with a friend to see the legendary L.A. improv group, The Groundlings, former stomping grounds of Maya Rudolph. Lisa Kudrow. Jimmy Fallon. and a little-known actor named Will Ferrell. It was there that Wiig found her true calling. She began taking classes with the company's school and, after a few years, she had joined the main cast. She spent years perfecting her craft and developing characters that would become her trademark on SNL. Sure enough, SNL honcho Lorne Michaels -- who's been known to boost a career or two -- got his hands on a tape featuring all of Wiig's original characters. Within a week the actress was on her way to New York with a one-way ticket to stardom.

Not many female members of the legendary sketch comedy show have gone on to have successful careers outside of SNL. In fact, someone who oddly resembled Cheri Oteri delivered us a pizza just last week. But when Kristen Wiig joined the cast in 2005, her female costars Tina Fey. Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph were beginning to move beyond the walls of 30 Rockefeller, on their way to changing the comedic landscape in America. Not to be outdone by her peers, Wiig quickly introduced her set of now iconic characters -- the aforementioned braggart Penelope, the manic Target cashier and the easily irritated film critic Aunt Linda -- to go along with spot-on impressions of house speaker Nancy Pelosi and financial advisor Suze Orman. These days, next to Andy Samberg. Wiig is the most buzzworthy cast member, appearing in almost every skit on any given episode. This must be the "girl power" thing that Geri Halliwell used to yammer on about.

The seminal entertainment magazine -- one that many consider to be the bible of showbiz -- loves them some Kristen Wiig. After achieving cult status in 2008 with her barrage of now classic SNL skits, the entertainment tome named her among the top 15 performers of the year, alongside fellow zeitgeisters Heath Ledger. Mickey Rourke and, of course, Tina Fey. As if that wasn't enough, EW went on to include Wiig in their 2009 list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood. With her role in Drew Barrymore 's directorial debut, the roller derby comedy Whip It!. Mike Judge's hotly Extract and her first dramatic role opposite Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling in All Good Things. Wiig solidified her big-screen presence.

In 2009, Kristen Wiig and EW continued their love fest when Wiig was featured on their list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live for 2009, and was nominated again in the same category in 2010. That same year, she appeared in MacGruber. with former SNL castmate Will Forte, the animated comedy Despicable Me and Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things. Wiig's starring role in the highly anticipated Judd Apatow-produced Bridesmaids. which comes out May 13th 2011, is being named "The Hangover for chicks." Wiig co-wrote the film with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo. Be prepared to be dragged to the theater for this one.

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