Kristen Wiig returns to 'SNL' for first hosting gig (Videos, poll)
Kristen Wiig made her "Saturday Night Live" hosting debut on Saturday, May 11 -- and, she brought the funny.
The 39-year-old actress returned to the sketch comedy show for her first official hosting gig since leaving her post as a cast member in 2012. While she brought the funny in some of her more familiar skits, she also brought some entirely new characters to life.
The actress appeared in the show's fictitious soap-opera, "The Californians," alongside Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and more. The actors, who frequently broke character and engaged in some chuckling, played a somewhat dysfunctional group of friends who were shocked to see the return of Karina, played by Wiig, who they thought was dead.
Wiig also brought the laughs in a skit called "Aw Nuts! Mom's a Ghost!" The skit was a parody of a Disney Channel series, and saw the actress playing ... a water ghost mom. The actress runs up walls, climbs out of television sets and even appears to suck the life out of her kids' teacher -- "Don't tell dad about this." The skit progresses with more zany happenings, with Wiig seriously channeling the little girl from "The Ring."
Wiig reprised perhaps one of her most beloved characters in the famed Lawrence Welk Show skit. Just like old times, Armisen opened the show with his borderline creepy intro, which was followed by a performance by Jason Sudeikis. After he sang about a number of random things, he welcomed the ladies on stage -- including Wiig and her (very) small doll hands.
The actress, who rose to fame on the show and was nominated for four Emmys for her work, went on to please the audience with her reprisal of the "Target Lady," as well as take part in a very special Mother's Day performance by Garth and Kat.
Wiig is now one of the most popular comedy film actresses, having starred in movies such as "Bridesmaids," for which she was nominated for an Oscar for her original screenplay. She is set to appear in the new films "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" with fellow "SNL" alum Will Ferrell and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which stars Ben Stiller, who also directed the movie.
Wiig left "SNL" in May 2012 (check out her "graduation" photo with Mick Jagger) and returned once since then -- she made a cameo on an episode that December. She told Access Hollywood on April 18 that she felt "a little lost" after she exited the series.
Vampire Weekend was the musical guest for the May 11 episode, and performed their new hit song, "Diane Young."
Check out some of Wiig's "Saturday Night Live" skits below. What did you think of the episode?