As I watching Saturday Night Live this week, I realized that there were more women on SNL than there had been in years. I felt positively giddy while watching one skit that featured all the ladies (plus Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson, and guest host Miley Cyrus):
I mean, it’s not the best skit ever. But there aren’t any dudes playing women and all the ladies get to speak!
This harkens back to the recent heyday of women on SNL, when Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph were all on at once (2005-6).
Occasionally I miss doing Smart Dame of the Week. So today, I present you with the women of the 39th season of Saturday Night Live. Who are these women that I have grown to love and appreciate so?
Look, I am still pissed that they hired six new attractive white people this season, especially since I can’t tell apart any of the dudes yet. Thankfully this batch of youngsters included Noël, who has proven herself to be a valuable Abby Elliott-esque asset so far. [Vanessa Bayer and Kate McKinnon are also great in this Girls skit.]
Noël Wells fun facts!
1. Her twitter name is RealTomHankz.
2. She did a Zooey Deschanel Show on Funny or Die, which is probably where Abby Elliott got her idea. This shit is full circle:
3 She went to UT Austin & studied communications.
5. Noël has the same birthday as our friend Bobby. Bobby probably doesn’t read our blog but he would if he knew we were talking about him!
6. Also worked at College Humor, mostly in bit parts in sketches like this one:
7. Got drunk with Hannah from My Drunk Kitchen, did some impressions, and posted it online. It is my heart.
The returning ladies
Of all the women this season, she has been the show the least. Her Ariana Huffington impression is spot on and the show uses it pretty frequently (sometimes even when it doesn’t make sense like on that Piers Morgan skit last weekend). She does a kick ass Kim Kardashian too. Born in Tehran, she is one of a handful of castmembers to be born outside of America, and she is also the show’s longest-running female cast member. She was set to star in NBC’s John Mulaney show, but now that it’s moving to FOX, it’s likely she won’t be able to do both and might have to leave SNL. RIP ASS DAN.
Oh how I love this woman. Last weekend she added SWINTON to her celebrity resume, which also includes Jane Lynch, Ann Romney and Martha Stewart. Her own characters are genius too, like the old Russian woman who saw the meteor fall in her neighborhood and the Connecticut mother who is addicted to Grand Theft Auto V. She can easily veer into too-much-of-a-good-thing category like Kristen Wiig, but she hasn’t been overkill so far this year. She is the third known gay cast member on SNL and was previously on LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show. Here’s Fitzwilliam from BGSS, a little boy who dreams of having a vagina:
Vanessa is probably best known on SNL for her Miley Cyrus impression and her Weekend Update character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, but she’s so versatile (see: J-pop American Fun Time Now). Fun facts: battled Leukemia as a child and when she was in Second City, Vanessa appeared in Jewsical: The Musical. She’s pretty badass. I think she could really excel as the mouthy sidekick in romcoms.
I think everyone likes Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party more than I do, though I think the idea behind it is pretty clever. Cecily will take over Weekend Update when Seth Myers leaves to host Late Night, and she’s doing a good job in her first few attempts. From her twitter, she appears to be dating new cast member (and SNL writer) Mike O’Brien. AWWW!
For some reason chubby girls do not go over well on SNL, but Aidy is super hilarious and I hope she is given a chance. She, like most of the women here, is adorable and funny on twitter, so follow her here. Her boyfriend Connor O’Malley is really funny too. I found this video and it is cute so watch it:
She has a very Klausner-esque (I just coined that!) sense of humor which maybe middle America wouldn’t get, but I hope she brings it to more of her sketches before she is unceremoniously fired a la Casey Wilson and goes on to do brilliant things.
With all these women, do you think we’ll get a Colonel Agnus-esque skit soon? Hire a female head writer, SNL! Write some weird feminist skit for all of them to be in.
hulu has gotten REALLY SHITTY with the free SNL clips. How am I supposed to watch Hamm and Buble or Jon Bovi when I’m sad? I’ve had to turn to sketchy, poor quality videos.
Doing this post has made me realize that I could look at SNL gifs all day. It is the best.