Remember Garth and Kat? On Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, Garth and Kat were a recurring musical duo played by Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig who insisted they wrote songs—but actually made them up on the spot. The impressive, and funny, thing about the sketch was that they were kind of convincing in singing improvised lyrics and melodies in unison. If you watch those sketches closely, Armisen is typically the one leading the songs, making Wiig scramble to try to guess what he's saying fast enough to say it in unison. Hers is the hardest part of the bit. Imagine how fast she needs to think to make this even half convincing and funny?
That's what made her the finest Saturday Night Live star of the 2000s. And though she's moved on to bigger and better things, like major Hollywood pictures, she still brings out that incredible improv-trained timing all the time. Like when she makes an appearance on The Tonight Show. Last year, she showed up to talk to Jimmy Fallon in character as Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. A few months ago, she was Peyton Manning.
Of course, she doesn't know a thing about Game of Thrones or football, so Fallon prompts her with interview questions which she makes up on the spot.
Last night—while supporting her new Ghostbusters movie—she arrived for an interview with Fallon in character as JoJo from The Bachelorette. Notice how quick she makes up stupid names for the hunks on the show. How she coyly gives bullshit, hilarious answers the softball questions. Then, she sings a song. The whole thing lasts 10 minutes. Wiig is a genius.
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