Get ready to laugh out loud, because today we’re all about Kate McKinnon!
Throughout her career the Saturday Night Live star has made fans laugh and cry at her funny skits and epic characters. From her time on The Big Gay Sketch Show to her SNL years, Kate Mckinnon has won us over through jokes and wit and we are so grateful that she has.
In addition to her TV work, the comedian has proven herself as a movie star as well over the past few years with small roles in movies like Sisters to big roles in hits like Ghostbusters.
As her name has become bigger and bigger in Hollywood, McKinnon has lived up to her hype and made fans all over the world smile and break into laughter thanks to her killer comedic timing and spot-on accents.
Among the biggest winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards: LGBTQ stories and storytellers.
We’ve put together the top rainbow moments of the 2017 Emmys just for you:
Lena Whaithe made her-story
This year’s Emmy Awards were full of historical moments, including Lena Waithe’s incredible and well-deserved win.
At the award show, the Master of None actress became the first black woman to win an award for comedy writing for the show’s Thanksgiving episode, which she cowrote with Aziz Ansari.
Black Mirror’s San Junipero proved queer stories do work
San Junipero broke with Black Mirror’s usually-bleak depiction of technology and the future, with a notably upbeat and heart-warming love story between two women.
The acclaimed episode, which was near-universally acclaimed, picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
Charlie Brooker, who wrote the episode himself, also picked up the award for Outstanding Writing for a TV Movie.
The episode starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis as lovers Kelly and Yorkie.
Kate McKinnon showed the world she’s a comedy goddess
Kate McKinnon was one of the early winners of the evening Sunday, beating a field that included some of her Saturday Night Live colleagues to take home the award for supporting actress in a comedy series.
The first openly lesbian cast member of the sketch comedy show, McKinnon made her mark this season with portrayals of Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway, Betsy DeVos and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
‘Gender traitor’ Alexis Bledel is recognized
Picking up her award at last week’s pre-show Emmy’s, Alexis Bledel won the outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her haunting performance as Ofglen, in the dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale.
It was her first Emmy win.
RuPaul played a living Emmy statue
During the telecast, host Stephen Colbert sat down for an interview with the Emmy statue herself, a golden-winged woman played by RuPaul, TV’s most famous drag queen.
RuPaul was a winner this year too, nabbing the award for host of a reality or reality-competition series for the second consecutive year at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.
McKinnon – who is Saturday Night Live‘s first openly gay female cast member – back-to-back wins also makes Emmys history for S.N.L., which has actually seen very few of its regular players nominated (let alone win).
Fire Island. The land of pure queer debauchery, sex clubs, and glitter.
The queer TV channel Logo is even developing a show based on the mind-blowingly rich gay men who frequent the island. The show, called Fire Island, follows six wild gay men who are young, fit and ready to party. When they’re not having sex, they’re making out in beds. They all live in a mansion together. The trailer shows nonstop dancing, drama, sweat, money and queerness. It’s Jersey Shore meets Queer as Folk.
Right around the corner is Cherry Grove.
Saturday Night Live premiered their own trailer for Cherry Grove, a show about “a group of affluent lesbians one beach away.” The trailer stars Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata and Scarlett Johansson. AKA your dream casting of The L. Word 2.0.
“If you think Fire Island is non-stop sex, wait until you see what passes for a bang fest in Cherry Grove,” says the narrator. The trailer cuts to an acoustic Annie Lennox singalong around a dinner table while babies nap in the next room.
What else do wild and crazy lesbians do in their free time? They complete wolf-themed jigsaw puzzles, sit on couches while holding multiracial babies, make broccoli salad and have delicately passive-aggressive disagreements about childcare. As the gay men of Fire Island dance and have orgies until 6 a.m., Scarlett Johannsen whispers tearfully to Kate McKinnon, “I just need you to see me.”
“Excuse me, guys!” McKinnon later shouts from the porch at the neighbors. “Can you please lower your voice? There are five miracles of home water birth asleep inside!”
While introducing herself to the camera, Aidy Bryant says, “I’m thirty-eight. And I’m the lactose intolerant one.”
Will Cherry Grove ever become a real show? Sadly, probably not. But would I love to talk about the miracles of home water birth with Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johannsen while doing a wolf puzzle? What queer woman wouldn’t?
Kristen Stewart hosted SNL this weekend, which included a fun (albeit a bit nervous) opening monologue where she brought up the 11 tweets Donald Trump sent in 2012 about her relationship to Robert Pattinson.
Trump repeatedly shamed Stewart for stepping out on Pattinson and told him to dump her.
The president doesn’t need to worry about her getting back with Pattinson, though.
“I’m like so gay, dude,” she said, shortly before accidentally uttering an expletive during the live broadcast.
SNL‘s out MVP Kate McKinnon has a butch cameo in the monologue; check it out below.
Stewart followed up her monologue with an ingenious take on silly commercials that show women happily cooking for their sports-loving men. Everything changes for such a suburban lady (played by Vanessa Bayer) — in a Blue Is the Warmest Color sense — when a mysterious woman (played by Stewart) shows up at her husband’s football bash.
For four years, Kate McKinnon has been slaying audiences on Saturday Night Live. You’ve probably guffawed at her Hillary Clinton impression, cheered as she won an Emmy and nursed a major crush on Ghostbusters’ Jillian Holtzmann.
She’s finally going to steal the lead in a major film. She’ll play Grunhilda the Lunch Witch in the adaptation of young adult novelThe Lunch Witch, about a malevolent sorceress forced to work in a school cafeteria. The sorceress connects with a misfit student named Madison, who is the only person who believes in Grunhilda’s magic, and the two help each other against all odds.
Clay Kaytis, who directed The Angry Birds Movie, will direct.
Sadly, this is not the edgy girl-on-girl lesbian romantic comedy that fans were hoping for. In fact, Grunhilda the Lunch Witch isn’t queer. But the fact that the leading actress in a major motion picture is a lesbian is a major leap forward.
McKinnon is one of the few openly gay actresses whose commercial career seems to be on the rise. Ellen Page, who acted in Juno (2007 – grossed $231 million) and Inception (2010 – grossed $800 million), has not starred in a film that’s grossed over $20 million since then. Kristen Stewart, known for the Twilight series (grossed over $1 billion), has stuck to low-budget independent films since openly dating Alicia Cargile.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with Page’s and Stewart’s career decisions. Perhaps they’re more comfortable with small indie films, or perhaps they’ve found it more difficult to find big-budget work in Hollywood since coming out. It’s most likely a combination of both. That said, it’s refreshing for an openly gay actress to head up a major film.
McKinnon fans agree that her step into stardom is long overdue. She has, according to The Daily Beast, “that rare quality that megastars have of commanding our attention even when they aren’t actually doing anything.”
Around the country, millions of viewers hold their breath, eager to see how Saturday Night Live will address the shocking 2016 election. Will Alec Baldwin-as-Donald Trump swagger out, telling America they’re in for “yuge” changes? Will he peel off his mask to reveal he’s a killer clown?
Will Larry David return as Bernie Sanders to scream about Armageddon?
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
A pool of light illuminates a simple piano. Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live‘s first openly gay cast member, sits behind it. For the past two years, she has played Hillary Clinton.
McKinnon’s Clinton is a robotic, power-crazed woman two steps removed from being human. But now, etched into the lines on McKinnon’s face, we see depression. Resignation. The weariness it takes to move forward.
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
While sixty million Americans were ecstatic about Trump’s win, the proposed policy of his Vice President threatens to set back women’s and minority’s rights. The election strikes a major blow for Hillary Clinton, who was projected to win in nearly every major poll. The election also strikes a blow for people like Kate McKinnon, whose right to love seems suddenly tenuous.
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
The song could be seen as a tribute to songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away early last week. If not for his death, SNL probably wouldn’t have opened with the song – and yet, “Hallelujah” is heartbreakingly perfect. That week’s episode couldn’t have opened any other way.
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
Those two lines are buried within Cohen’s rendition of the song and were eliminated from Jeff Buckley’s, so they may sound new to you. However, when McKinnon sings them, the song seems to come to a standstill. She is playing Hillary Clinton, a woman who gave her whole life to politics and yet seems to be left with nothing after this election. She did her best, it wasn’t much. And McKinnon is also being herself, a woman who is now faced with a Republican vice president who openly hates LGBT people. She did her best, it wasn’t much.
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
And yet, despite the skyrocketing hate crimes, despite the growing number of KKK protests in the South, and despite the frightening policy that Trump promised to enact – despite all of that, McKinnon sings, “Hallelujah.” She sings “Hallelujah” on behalf of every LGBT, Muslim, black, impoverished, marginalized and oppressed person whose life has just been turned upside down. She sings “Hallelujah” on behalf of every queer girl reading this article.
I’m not giving up, America And neither should you
When McKinnon finishes the song, she snaps back into her Hillary impersonation, but there are tears in her eyes. Her voice cracks. We are supposed to see her as Clinton, but instead we see a fractured and vulnerable Kate. We see a fractured and vulnerable America. We see ourselves.
She oozes swagger as Holtzmann in Ghostbusters. She floats as Fitzwilliam the Boy Who Wants a Vagina on The Big Gay Sketch Show. She embodies the Clinton presidency on Saturday Night Live. And she loves cats.
Kate McKinnon is every queer woman’s dream.
1. She’s Saturday Night Live‘s first openly gay cast member.
SNL has been around since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2012 that Kate McKinnon became the first cast member to acknowledge her sexuality – breaking barriers for LGBT comediennes everywhere. Thank you, Kate!
2. Her Crazy Eyes are legendary.
Ice blue and sharply slanted, Kate’s trademark Crazy Eyes could cut through glass. There’s even a website devoted to them called Kate McKinnon’s Crazy Eyes. Sure, they may be unsettling at first, but she loves with the same intensity as her gaze.
3. She loves her cats.
According to her, they are her sons. They are her husbands. She has talked about her cats on Ellen a hundred times. Wouldn’t you like to raise a cat family together?
4. She’s better at being Justin Bieber than Justin Bieber is at being Justin Bieber.
She definitely looks better in Calvin Klein.
5. She’s as passionate about theatre as she is about women.
She’s been performing and making people laugh for decades. She’s staged three sold-out one man shows – that’s right, she entertained hundreds of people completely by herself – and critics loved it.
Watch Disenchanted: “The beloved fairy princesses of your childhood pop a few Klonopins and eat themselves into a coma.”
6. She’s a dedicated musician.
She plays the piano, cello and guitar, and at Columbia University she founded a musical improv group called Tea Party.
7. She runs Vag Magazine.
At least she does on screen. She starred in a kick-ass web series about a feminist magazine that will hit home for anyone trying to start their own radfem zine.
8. She brings sexy to steampunk.
She proved lady ghostbusters do it better (and queer lady ghostbusters do it best) on the female reboot of Ghostbusters. Thanks to her, steampunk goggles and jumpsuits are this fall’s hottest outfit.
9. She’s award-winning.
She won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on SNL, cementing what we already knew – she’s not just cute, she’s also hilarious and talented.
After Hillary Clinton hosted Saturday Night Live last week with special guest Miley Cyrus‘s tongue (well, that’s basically how I remember it), Amy Schumer was the star of this week’s much-improved episode.
Schumer’s opening monologue was a whirlwind tour de Schumer.
She talks about wanting better role models for young girls than the Kardashians and the time she thought she was dating Bradley Cooper.
Am I dating Bradley Cooper? I don’t know how Hollywood works, but I’m pretty sure that I’m dating Bradley Cooper.”
It was simple and no-frills and so good, just Shumer’s particular concoction of confidence and self-deprecation.
This year has arguably been the comedian’s biggest professional year: winning an Emmy, and starring in a hit movie.
Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein campaign got the Kate McKinnon and SNL treatment this weekend.
Kate McKinnon reprised her Bieber impersonation in sketch, which spoofs the much talked about black-and-white underwear campaign in singer did for CK, along with the Photoshop allegations that followed.
Cecily Strong also appears in the video as model Lara Stone, who has to put up with the pop star’s childish behavior.
Amy Adams and Kate McKinnon played cat-obsessed girlfriends on the weekend’s Saturday Night Live.
Playing Barbara and Ashley, the two, did a hilarious ketch about cat adoption. In the set, it appears Barb has broken up with Cat (once played by Charlize Theron), who was her companion last time she encouraged viewers to save a kitty. However, now she is with Ashley who just wants Barb to say she loves her.
Meet the Dudleys! There’s Mrs. Dudley, Mr. Dudley, and their two loving daughters. Actually its Mr. Dudley, Mr. Dudley, and their two loving daughters. No, now it Mr. Dudley, a new alternative Mr. Dudley (this is getting confusing). Oh and is that Crazy Eyes from ‘Orange is the New Black’?
Guest starring Woody Harrelson, Uzo Aduba, and Saturday Night Live team, the sketch takes the Mickey out Twitter feedback and token representation. Parodying the network changes to a traditional sitcom to appeal to online complaints. The sketch lampoons stereotypical sitcoms, cynical business decisions, Twitter, and even snail mail.
However, when it receives so many makeovers that it is completely unrecognisable as the show it started out as, it then receives complaints from narrow-minded, homophobic idiots, and we are back to square one.
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