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Kate McKinnon's imitations of men on SNL

I am baffled why SNL keeps featuring her imitations of men. They're not in any way reminiscent of the people she imitates: whenever she imitates a male politician like Jeff Sessions or Rudy Giuliani, she always plays them like manic, smiling little elves. Rudy Giuliani is not very manic: he has a slow, deliberative manner.

I don't get why she is asked to regularly do these imitations on the show. They have more than enough men now who could imitate male politicians. Is she just one of those SNL performers (like Kristen Wiig was) whom Lorne Michaels adores and so will let do whatever they want to do? I've never yet heard anyone say they find her jess Sessions or her Rudy Giuliani anything other than creepy.

by Anonymousreply 2001/13/2021

Jeff Sessions and Rudy are creepy.

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

But not creepy in the same way as how she plays them, r1.

They are terrible impersonations. Don't pretend they are accurate.

by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

I hafta agree. But their impressions are bad in general. SNL seems to operate like a closed circuit; it matters little whether routines are funny or not. They figure their audience is stoned or drunk.

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

This wasn't always the case, though. And some people on the show can do fine impressions (even some of McKinnon's imitations of women, like Elizabeth Warren, are excellent).

I really think it's time for Lorne Michaels to retire. They need new blood.

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

Every once in a while his free-range comedians produce gold.

I was trying to find video of Garrett Morris singing Schubert, but it’s behind a wall.

by Anonymousreply 501/13/2021

North! South! East! West!

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by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

I don’t get why she does Rudy’s hands like he has CP or something. It’s distracting and I despise her “impersonation.”

by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

Its because she's a lesbian, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 801/13/2021

I don’t get the acclaim for her.

by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

"I am baffled why SNL keeps featuring her imitations of men. They're not in any way reminiscent of the people she imitates: whenever she imitates a male politician like Jeff Sessions or Rudy Giuliani, she always plays them like manic, smiling little elves."

I think that's the point. I'm hot and cold with her; sometimes she's funny to me, other times super annoying. But, I've never thought that portraying someone means that you have to do an exact imitation.

by Anonymousreply 1001/13/2021

You should be at least recognizable as the person you're portraying, r10--that IS the point.

When she plays male politicians, she's absolutely nowhere close. The problem is not so much her gender: Melissa McCarthy was hilarious as Sean Spicer and recognizable as him too.

by Anonymousreply 1101/13/2021

Kate McKinnon isn’t funny. SNL hasn’t been funny for years.

by Anonymousreply 1201/13/2021

She doesn't capture the voices or the physical characteristics. Loren Michael loves her and that's all that matters. She's one of those women being forced on us like Jennifer Lawrence or Tiffany Haddish or Mindy Kalin

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021

Although Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer was gold:

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by Anonymousreply 1401/13/2021

Y’all have no sense of humor. Kate McKinnon is hilarious and these impersonations are great. She’s playing up the comic book toady Giuliani has become.

by Anonymousreply 1501/13/2021

You'd also think by now Lorne and SNL would be hiring new cast members who could portray politicians who we all know we'll need to be parodied week. Gotta say, they've become so reliant on tiresome Madame Tussaud's wigs and prosthetics, it takes all the fun out of it. I long for the days that Chevy Chase would do Gerald Ford without any of that. Or Gilda Radner would do Roseanne Rosannadanna with just a cardigan and an old dress.

by Anonymousreply 1601/13/2021

I’ve enjoyed her in the past, but I think it’s time for her to move on.

by Anonymousreply 1701/13/2021

This isn't really new and not limited to Kate McKinnon. Tina Fey made Sarah Palin as a character quite likable playing up to virtually every weakness she possessed.

by Anonymousreply 1801/13/2021

[quote] Gotta say, they've become so reliant on tiresome Madame Tussaud's wigs and prosthetics, it takes all the fun out of it. I long for the days that Chevy Chase would do Gerald Ford without any of that. Or Gilda Radner would do Roseanne Rosannadanna with just a cardigan and an old dress.

You're saying you believe Gilda Radner did Roseanne Rosannadanna without a wig???

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by Anonymousreply 1901/13/2021

Oh god! I'm so embarrassed, senior dementia, for sure. I was thinking of Emily Litella.

Well....never mind.....

by Anonymousreply 2001/13/2021
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