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11 Funniest Kate McKinnon Videos

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Since joining Saturday Night Live in April of 2012, Kate McKinnon has become the show’s MVP thanks to her hilariously insane array of characters and knack for spot-on impressions of everyone from Justin Bieber to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. To get you ready for her appearance on this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, here are 11 videos that showcase the breakout star’s funniest moments.

11. Penelope Cruz

McKinnon caught our attention right out of the gate during her first episode thanks to her spot-on impersonation of Penelope Cruz. We can’t remember the last time a new SNL cast member made an impression so quickly. (Joe Piscopo, maybe?)


10. Angela Merkel

Before McKinnon joined SNL, we never would’ve imagined in a million years that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be our favorite “Weekend Update” character. We’re still laughing about “Nickelback tour schedule” and “Jason Segel no shirt” being in her Google search history.


9. Justin Bieber

While the last thing the world needs is more Justin Bieber, we can’t get enough of McKinnon’s impression. Here she gives Conan a tutorial on how to perfectly capture “The Biebs.” (The key is to look like a guilty puppy.)


8. Ann Romney

Part of what makes McKinnon great is her ability to turn what would in other hands be a dull impression into comedic gold. (Who knew Ann Romney could be funny?) We could listen to her unique pronunciation of “Beyonce” all night.


7. Long Island Medium

Most SNL reality show parodies wear out their welcome pretty fast. But Kate’s overly enthusiastic Long Island Medium is welcome on our TV anytime.


6. Kate’s Ellen Meets Ellen

McKinnon’s killer impersonation of Ellen DeGeneres’ “funky” dance moves and seeming inability to sit still in a chair is so good, it got the attention of the daytime talk show host herself. Somehow Ellen met “Ellen” without the universe collapsing in on itself.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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