Kate McKinnon's Hilarious Impressions Make a Mark on 'SNL'

·Claudine Zap
Kate McKinnon's Hilarious Impressions Make a Mark on 'SNL'

Attention Angela Merkel, Kate McKinnon would like to hear from you.

This past Saturday night, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member spoofed the German chancellor — again — on Weekend Update.

"I've not gotten a message from Angela Merkel herself saying, 'Oh, good job. Please, keep going,'" McKinnon told Yahoo TV, falling into her German inflection, which she said she's been doing since she was a kid. "I don't know how she'd feel about it. I hope she'd like it, but she doesn't live in this country so she probably doesn't watch the show."

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Plenty of people do watch and have been treated to the comedian's spot-on celebrity impressions since she joined the cast in 2012. Her impersonation of Ellen DeGeneres as a dancing, stretching, hyper daytime talk show host can cause a double take. Apparently, even the target of her mockery thinks it's a hoot.

"Ellen has been a literal angel," McKinnon said. "She called me the first time I did her on the show, and then, you know, blew a gasket in my brain. She's been so nice about everything." The good-natured DeGeneres even had her on her own show, dressed as her twin.

The relative newcomer said that doing live TV is "terrifying. A lot less terrifying now, though." She admitted to cracking up during a sketch, once. It was the "Last Call" skit with John Goodman. The pair has a make-out session that involves eating whipped cream off Goodman's fake facial hair.

"Half his moustache kind of came loose, and I kind of re-attached it with my mouth. And that made me laugh but my mouth was also covered in whipped cream, so hopefully people couldn't see me laughing," McKinnon said.

Usually, McKinnon is the one who brings the laughs. The recent sketch "Dyke and Fats" was a highlight for McKinnon as well as the "culmination of my friendship" with Aidy Bryant. "That was an inside joke that we had that we thought would be a funny cop show," she said. They collaborated with writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider on the bit.

If McKinnon seems a natural for the late-night comedy show, maybe it's because she's been studying it for a long time. "I started watching the show when I was about 12," she recalled. "Seeing the goodnights at the end of the show, I always started crying because I wanted to be there so badly. It was the only place I wanted to be." She added, "The fact that it's happened, it's truly a miracle."

We're guessing McKinnon gets the last laugh now.