Kristen Wiig retires Gilly and Penelope
May 4th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Kristen Wiig retires Gilly and Penelope

Ask Kristen Wiig to do anything – except break out two of her “Saturday Night Live” characters.

According to Time, Wiig has put “Penelope the one-upper” and “Gilly the schoolgirl” on permanent hiatus. Not even the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels, could get her to bring them back out.

And although we know it’s not because she’s shy about embodying the crazy characters, it would be understandable if you thought as much – apparently Wiig is quite reserved.

"At parties, I'll start talking and notice everyone is looking at me and feel dumb and say, 'Forget it,' and then start eating things," she told Time.

The actress and comedian, who co-wrote and stars in the upcoming comedy “Bridesmaids," has earned high praise from Michaels.

He’s called her one of the "top three or four" all-time best performers on "SNL," and he told Time magazine, "There are two people who arrived fully formed — her and Dana Carvey — where you saw what they did in their audition and you put it on the air.”

She “has that thing that Phil Hartman and Dan Aykroyd had, which is absolute precision, but also this lightness that isn't what they had."

All of which is probably news to Wiig.

"I went through my high school yearbook recently," Wiig told Time. "I was surprised people wrote I had a good sense of humor. I don't remember being funny."


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    June 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dooneese

    If she retires Dooneese, I'll be heartbroken!

    October 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Penelope was slightly amusing but Gilly was not funny for one second.
    Where's Target Lady? That was the best character she ever did, because we ALL knew that woman.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy H.

    I am super sad she retired Penelope! As sad as when Alex Bornstein left mad tv and I realized there would be no more Ms. Swan! Penelope and Ms. Swan are two of the best characters ever thought up! I'd love to see them interact! The very idea has me laughing!

    May 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. moon627

    I love her – she's one of my favorites on SNL. I'm sorry she's retiring those characters that always makes me laugh – especially GILLY :) but i can totally understand that she must get tired of doing the same acts over and over again.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bail

    She's BABEALICIOUS

    May 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bareback Obaama

    hey its Dr. Pat from The Joe Schmo Show

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jemma

    Who is awake at 11:30 on saturday nights ? I havent watched SNL since Eddie Murfy was part of tha cast. He did a funny Mr Rogers character.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Emily

    NO!!!!!!! These were the few characters bringing me back to SNL!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reno

    I retired all of my characters before Penelope did... so I definitely did a little better.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Evel Knievel

    She smoking hot.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superhiro

    Thank god. Can't stand her in those roles. They should have her do more political characters. Her Gretta Van Sustren and Nancy Pelosi are good, and she's probably make a good Michelle Bachman.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

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