As a 14 year-old kid, I wasn’t exactly what you would call a party animal. While many of my friends preferred going out on weekends with the upperclassmen of my high school, I preferred coming home and watching late night comedy shows such as: The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show and of course Saturday Night Live. Sure, maybe I couldn’t tell you how many seconds my best friend did a keg stand for at a party Saturday night. But damn it, I knew what Tina Fey said during her Weekend Update sketch and since the ripe age of 14, I began follow and marvel at the brilliant women of SNL.
Molly Shannon, one of my favorite comedians, made her debut on SNL during the 90’s and perhaps what made me absolutely adore her was her adaptation of a woman named Jeanie Darcy. Shannon is not afraid to completely lose herself in a character she is portraying. If an SNL writer approached her and instructed her that she would be playing a renegade shark cop who needed to interrogate the Little Mermaid, Shannon would be the best damn shark cop.
Who would dare mention the comedic female geniuses of SNL without mentioning, Amy Poehler. Poehler appeared on SNL from 2001 – 2008 and can most be remembered for her impressions of Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton, Madonna, along with many others. Poehler also created characters like Betty Caruso, Netti Bo Dance and of course Kaitlin. Amy still continues to find comedic gold and maintain a powerful fan base even after her time on SNL. She currently stars in Parks and Recreation, a sitcom about a woman (Poehler), living in middle America, who has to muddle her way through government nonsense to better her town parks.
Tina Fey, shown throughout SNL from 1998 – 2006 and making appearances during 2008, 2010, and 2011. Fey is an improv genius and spent a large portion of her time behind the scenes of SNL writing, which was though to be a man’s world. Slowly Fey began to appear in front of the camera and established herself as a prominent female comedian and continued to write.
One of Fey’s most admired characters was, Sarah Palin. During the heated 2008 presidential race, Fey and best friend Poehler, played Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton in numerous SNL opening sketches and they were a hit. Fey is also know for her quick wit and impeccable timing as an anchor on Weekend Update. Fey, like Amy Poehler, continued pursuing comedy after her days on SNL and began writing and producing a new show, 30 Rock.
My other favorite SNL women: Kristen Wiig, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, and Ana Gasteyer.