Kristen Wiig Biography
Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, and impressionist, currently appearing as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
She is a member of The Groundlings, and also appeared in the first season of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show.
Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New York. At the age of three her family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then on to Rochester, New York, where she remained until the end of high school. She graduated from Brighton High School in 1991 and attended the University of Arizona with a major in art. She was hired as a graphic artist by a plastic surgery clinic to show clientele what they would look like after surgery, but left for Los Angeles before ever starting the job to pursue an acting career. In Los Angeles she joined The Groundlings, working "odd jobs" while living on Rochester Avenue.
She is currently separated from actor Hayes Hargrove.]
Wiig is allergic to all egg-based products.
Wiig's work was mainly on the comedy circuit--including as a regular performer in The Perks, a featured show at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre whose run ended in 2000--until she joined the cast of the Spike TV spoof show The Joe Schmo Show in 2003.
Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live shortly into its 31st season, on November 12, 2005. In Wiig's first sketch, she played the wife of Jason Sudeikis; the two accidentally pick up an escaped murderer (Jason Lee), unwittingly giving the murderer carte blanche to break into their home and violate their blind niece. Wiig survived an SNL budget cut, becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of the show's 32nd season in 2006.
Wiig had acting roles in the 2007 films The Brothers Solomon, Meet Bill, Knocked Up, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In three of those films, she co-starred with SNL cast members: In The Brothers Solomon she teamed up with Will Forte, joined Bill Hader in Knocked Up and worked with Jason Sudeikis in Meet Bill. Several more film appearances followed in 2008, including the Will Ferrell basketball comedy Semi-Pro, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and as a doctor in Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais.
In December 2008, Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 Great Performances for her various impersonations on Saturday Night Live.
In February 2009, Wiig appeared on Flight of the Conchords (2nd season, 6th episode) playing Brahbrah, the owner of a missing epileptic dog.