Friday, March 11th, 2011

Garth and Kat: SNL's Only Improvised Sketch

In a Movieline interview with Kristen Wiig, she talked a bit about how the excellent Garth and Kat desk bits work on SNL. If you figured that Armisen just made stuff up as he went and Wiig tried her best to follow along, you were right:

I’m fascinated by Garth and Kat.
[Laughs] Thank you!

I think I know how it works, but, yes, how does it work? Does Armisen lead?
Yes. He definitely starts and I just try to follow. We don’t rehearse. The first time we do it that week is literally at the dress rehearsal.

Does he change the words between dress and the live show?
Oh yeah, nothing is the same. That’s why we don’t ever think of anything beforehand. If anything, we will be like, “All right, well this is a Halloween theme, so, here’s ‘pumpkins, witches, ghosts.’” We’ll think of things people can sing about, but, actually even when we do it, that all goes out the window. It’s the most fun I have because so much of the show is writing, working, deadlines, trying to figure things out, punching up your sketch, knowing you’re going to perform live. And that two and a half minutes of airtime is so freeing and fun.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austin-Poff/562558616 Austin Poff

    That explains why i always skip that sketch.

    • Megh Wright

      Call me crazy but I love it.

  • JoshUng

    It definitely seemed that way the first few times the skit aired, but the last couple of times, it seemed as though they were in sync with each other (not in a good way). The first few times, you could tell they really didn't know what they were going to sing, but the last couple, it seemed the joke switched they, "well, we'll just sing it poorly, but we'll have they lyrics writtend out."

  • http://www.lindaaar.tumblr.com/ Linda Aarseth

    I love that sketch so much! Hillarious! :) love it when they crack up during the live show, always love when they start to laugh. Especially Hader's Stefon! :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/pablogold Pablo Goldstein

    I love that one improvised sketch Armisen does on Weekend Update where he talks about a subject in a really exasperated way and tries to see how long he can go without actually saying something coherent. It's just common phrases and sayings.