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).
Before Kate McKinnon was Emmy winning, ghost busting and bad-ass she was, like many starry-eyed, young comedians, just trying to get an audition for Saturday Night Live.
In a recent interview PEOPLE, McKinnon revealed her nerve-wracking SNL audition.
It was very scary. If you’re a sketch comedian, SNL is the job you want to get. It’s so important in the history of American culture, and it was such an important part of my life growing up.”
McKinnon says adds
You’ve got five minutes to do whatever you want, so I did like five impressions and a couple of characters. I honestly don’t remember all of them. Penelope Cruz was one of them.”
The comic stars in the upcoming animated film Leap!, which is about an orphan girl who dreams of being a world-class ballerina.
McKinnon, who voices three characters, including the villain Regine, loved not having to worry about hair and makeup while working on the movie.
That is absolutely the best part. It’s nice to see a tale about a girl who is not trying to get married. She has a passion and something she wants to accomplish in the world.”
Watch McKinnon and Leslie Jones in Funniest Confessions Ever below – Naked binge-watching and ‘fashion sweats’
So let’s back at some of SNL’s best (and queerest) sketches, shall we?
5. Whiskers R We
Lesbians like cats. And repressed lesbians love cats.
In this recurring sketch, McKinnon and a female guest host play two middle-aged women who work at a cat rescue shelter. The female guest host always has an unrequited crush on McKinnon, which leads to lines like:
McKinnon: “That is my nipple and I think you know that.”
Wiig: “I think I know you like it.”
McKinnon: “Keep it in your jorts.”
Other great lines?
“Cats have paws, claws and 0 flaws.”
“This cat is a gift from God. At least that’s what he told the members of his cult.”
The good: Kristen Wiig pinching Kate McKinnon’s nipple on live TV.
The bad: They will put cats in your car when you’re not looking.
4. The Concert
Wow, has it already been nine years since Ellen Page came out as gay on SNL?
AKA, wow, has it already been nine years since we fell in love with Ellen Page?
In this sketch, she plays a young woman who has found herself (and a lot of lady lovin’) at a Melissa Etheridge concert.
At one point, Page splits her legs into a deep V and moans, “Why does everything have to have a label? Why can’t I just hug a woman with my legs in friendship?”
The good: Lots and lots of…friendship.
The bad: Andy Samberg and Ellen Page should switch haircuts.
In this homophobic, fatphobic world, who is humanity’s last hope? Les Dykawitz and Chubbina Fatzarelli, AKA the crime-fighting duo Dyke and Fats.
The good: This duo can save me anytime.
The bad: Is the world ready for a savior who’s not a straight white man?
2. Cherry Grove
When gay men have fun, they dance, strip, have crazy sex, start drama and wear a lot of glitter.
When lesbians have fun…they don’t. They do puzzles and have tearful arguments.
The good: Five miracles of home water birth.
The bad: What on earth are water socks?
This is one of the only post-2012 lesbian sketches on SNL McKinnon hasn’t appeared on – and yet it’s the most gay.
A cheery housewife (Vanessa Bayer) is perfectly happy making pizza rolls for her “hungry guys” – until Kristen Stewart shows up in a leather jacket, and they start having sex on the counter. While speaking French.
The good: Pizza rolls.
The bad: The camera cuts away before we see them reenact Blue is the Warmest Color.
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?
This weekend Saturday Night Live kicked off with one of its funniest skits: a parody of white America’s reaction to Beyoncé’s new song Formation, a black power anthem featuring a Black Lives Matter-themed video and a Super Bowl performance with Black Panther Party-styled costumes.
The sketch essentially makes fun of the shock and awe surrounding Bey’s video, sarcastically poking fun at the fact that people seemed surprised to see the singer own her blackness.
It’s a wonderful, perfect SNL response to the media frenzy.
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.
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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