Kate McKinnon's 25 Best 'SNL' Sketches
For the past four years, Kate McKinnon has been the reigning MVP of Saturday Night Live. She's got legendary impressions, a semi-permanent seat in the "Weekend Update" guest chair, and the ability to crack up the entire cast in one random sketch. It's clear why Paul Feig chose her to play one of the four female Ghostbusters in his reboot.
In case you need convincing, we've picked McKinnon’s 25 best sketches since her 2012 SNL debut. Note that a "Kate McKinnon sketch" must either star her or feature her in a significant role, so, sadly, quiet masterpieces like this Wes Anderson horror movie trailer don't apply. Also, recurring characters or impressions only got one slot each, because she's done a lot of repeats. Still, these 25 sketches showcase McKinnon at her mischievous, manic best. Obviously, you can expect great things from Dr. Jillian Holtzmann.
"Calvin Klein Ads"McKinnon once revealed the secret to her killer Justin Bieber impression on Conan: "It's looking like a puppy who just piddled and is sort of sorry about it." She does that all while sipping juice, pranking models, and riding a Razor scooter in this spot-on series of Calvin Klein commercial parodies.
"Casablanca"In this alternate ending to Casablanca, Ilsa drops all her romantic impulses for cold, hard pragmatism the second Rick suggests she could wind up in a concentration camp. This might seem like a niche sketch aimed at TCM diehards, but everyone can appreciate McKinnon's hilariously exaggerated Ingrid Bergman accent.
"Hillary Clinton Bar Talk"Picking the sketch that actually features Hillary Clinton might seem easy, even borderline lazy. But this was one of the smarter stagings of the classic "real person meets their impersonator" sketch that SNL loves to do. Often, the real people just drop in as themselves, stop to give the clone a once-over, read a few lines, and it's done. But this time, Clinton didn't play herself. Instead, she's a bartender named Val, and it leads to a funny but self-critical conversation. In one incredible moment, McKinnon's Hillary laments that she could've been quicker to support LGBTQ2 rights. Real Hillary reassures her that she was pretty quick, but McKinnon pushes back, saying she could've been better. Considering that McKinnon is the first openly lesbian SNL cast member, it's a charged exchange, and a rare instance of SNL having real discourse with a politician in a cameo appearance.
"Say What You Wanna Say"This music video works so well because it's so low-stakes. Aidy Bryant is just saying no to coffee with a random acquaintance and McKinnon is just bailing on a co-worker's party, but these moments are treated as Sara Bareilles-scored triumphs because so many women feel bad about really dumb things. Ladies: never be afraid to say no to post-parade brunch. Dyke & Fats movie.
"(Do It on My) Twin Bed"This 2013 holiday jam starred McKinnon and a bunch of her female co-stars, who detail the awkward sex they're about to have with their boyfriends in their childhood bedrooms. Some of the rooms have christening gowns, others have an uncle in the trundle bed. But all of them have hilarious preteen photos, which each of the SNL ladies actually provided. internet transformed tiny 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a tough-as-nails meme long before McKinnon donned her black robes. Still, it's fun to watch McKinnon mug after dropping a "Ginsburn" on her latest opponent. She's especially brutal on Colonel Sanders in this "Weekend Update" visit concerning the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
"Back Home Ballers"This ode to living large while visiting your parents for Thanksgiving has lots of great moments, and an impressive number of fur coats. But McKinnon kicks off one of the best bits by rattling off her mom's obnoxiously long Wi-Fi password, which starts with 17 O's. Stan and Larry -- she did it for "the simple elegance of a good bang."
"Mermaids"Poor Shud. Isn't any sailor out there looking for a gelatinous mermaid that's 35% woman, 65% blobfish? restored" the Ecce Homo fresco of Jesus Christ in 2012, twice. And while her review of that terrifying Lucille Ball statue was fun, her defense of Giménez's work was better. Apparently, that's just how Jesus' "monkey face" looks -- he came to the artist in a dream, hair scarf and all.
"Close Encounter"If it weren't for the bloody surprise in the SNL season finale, "Close Encounter" easily would've been crowned best sketch of the year. McKinnon's chain-smoking Ms. Rafferty made a second appearance in "Near-Death Experience," but nothing could match her debut in this alien-abduction debriefing. May you never know the indignity of being left pantsless atop a Long John Silver's.
"This Is Not a Feminist Song"Feminism is complicated. So, rather than get it wrong, McKinnon and her friends faked a feminist anthem with some lens flares and shots of an old woman's hands. Not that they're reducing a woman to her hands, or calling her old. Man, it's hard to navigate this stuff.
"First Got Horny 2 U"The SNL fake girl group Infinity + 5 dedicates this masturbation anthem to a few special men who "ignited our flames," but McKinnon subverts it almost immediately by explaining how her childhood crush on Taylor Hanson made her realize she was "gay as hell."
"High School Theatre Show with Elizabeth Banks"There must be some former drama kids on SNL, because this recurring sketch is always hysterically accurate. Right out of the gate, the self-important teens in this theater showcase perform a skit where "the Earth" dies amid careless bystanders. It's followed swiftly by bits about who really runs the world ("whites") and cherishing your dead parents (even if your very alive mom is in the audience).
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