For my last post on Kristen Wiig I decided to chose a video from Saturday Night Live. I think it is appropriate to show her roots and where her fame began. This video’s was one of her first reoccurring roles on the show. When a new member joins the SNL family it is no small feat to gain your own 5 minute sketch that relies heavily on your individual talent. This is precisely what happened with Kristen Wiig’s character “Target Lady“. This video shows an over enthusiastic employee at Target who is nothing short of obsessed. I believe that one of the reason’s that this character was so successful and not to mention hilarious is because we all have a small obsession with Target. Gawker did an outline of Kristen Wiig’s Target character describing her character as, “The most enthusiastic check out lady in the whole world, terrorizes the customers by announcing their products and trying to tell them about her life”. Gawker continues by saying she is “inappropriately awesome, and we swear to god we met someone just like her at Target once.” I could not have said it better myself.
Kristen Wiig’s simple role of a Target sales associate has contributed to her success. In Elle Magazine Wiig admits to doing the target lady as her audition for Sautrday Night Live. “It’s a five-minute monologue with various characters and impressions—I did the Target Lady, Aunt Linda” says Wiig. The over the top and eccentricity of this one character is reflected in every other performance that Wiig gives.
With her over the top characters on SNL and her incredibly successful role in Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig is well on her way to making a substantial foot print in Hollywood. She has helped women break into comedy as leading ladies and no longer as the supporting roles. There is no comedic boundary that will stop her and I look forward to her upcoming projects that will continue to push the envelope.