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Kristen Wiig

Comedy Impact Report '08: Tube Titans

For a minute there, it looked like Kristen Wiig might be the only woman left on “Saturday Night Live.” But as Amy Poehler exits, Wiig is joined by Casey Wilson and featured players Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott, which means she won’t be stuck playing every female role on “SNL.”

“Watching Amy and Will (Forte) each Saturday is like being in med school and sitting next to a really good surgeon in the O.R.,” says the actress, best known for such characters as the Target Lady (which she created while a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe) and the Crazy McCain Rally Lady.

As if being “SNL’s” new go-to gal isn’t enough, Wiig also manages to stay busy on the bigscreen. In 2008 alone, she upped the laugh quotient in “Walk Hard,” “Pretty Bird,” “Semi-Pro,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Ghost Town.” But don’t rule out weepies in her future.

“When I started acting, I definitely wanted to get into drama,” she confesses. “Comedy was just an easier start.”

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