As our tribute to one of the funniest girls on the planet, here’s Kristen Wiig’s touching farewell to SNL and our favorite characters she’s rocked over the years, from original creations (she says Penelope is based on someone she actually knows) to celeb spoofs. The show absolutely won’t be the same without her, but we can’t wait to see what else she has in store!
She’s a Rainbow
When Kristen Wiig cries in this, we all cried… If only because we’ll really miss her dance moves.
The Target Lady
Come on, you all know someone like this. That’s what makes it so hilarious!
Kristen Wiig as a bi-curious reporter made for some of the most awkwardly hilarious moments ever on SNL. She’s pretty much the cute female embodiment of the creepy guys who hit on you at the mall. For a gal as classy and awesome as Kristen, that’s tough to pull off, but she killed it.
You know that friend who always has to outdo you in absolutely everything? Penelope is that friend. Times a zillion. Kristen Wiig manages to make a supremely annoying character fun to watch. That ain’t easy!
Little Orphan Annie meets Problem Child with Gilly. Her mischief is giggle worthy in itself, but her quiet catchphrases complete her. Throw in Sofia Vergara and sex ed and you’ve got one golden sketch.
Doesn’t this sketch remind you of all the sexy cops, cats, etc. at every Halloween party? Except, in true Kristen Wiig fashion, times a zillion. She’s a master of exaggeration while still remaining familiar enough to be hilarious and relatable.
The anxiety-ridden travel writer is one of Wiig’s worst characters. Just kidding!
The only way this could be more perfect is if she screeched a lot and wore a swan dress of her own. We dare you not to laugh when she talks about the sweater she knit–but not for a human.
Lana Del Rey
At first glance, we thought this was Lana Del Rey. We love that Kristen Wiig was able to simultaneously spoof yet defend Lana’s much-discussed performance on the show. And dude, she looks awesome in that dress. This performance pretty much proves what she once said in an interview: “Mean comedy is not really something that I personally gravitate towards or something that I do.” Like we needed another reason to love her!
It’s Taylor Swift! She can’t believe it!
Garth & Kat
Did you know that Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen actually did improvise these songs each week? That’s tough to do and shows she’s a real pro. Check out this hilarious Thanksgiving-themed collaboration with Coldplay’s Chris Martin to see what she’s made of.
Giant forehead? Check. Tiny hands? Check. Inappropriate lyrics? Check. And uh, our girl Anne Hathaway? Check. This was Doneese’s first appearance, and we think her best!
We wouldn’t be surprised if Sue goes down as Kristen Wiig’s signature character. But we’ll act surprised anyway, because we think Sue would get a real kick out of that.
Who is your favorite Kristen Wiig character? Are you going to miss Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live? Who’s your favorite SNL cast member? Tell us in the comments!