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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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