Kristen Wiig 100 Influential People Time Magazine
Kristen Wiig 100 Influential People Time Magazine, TIME Magazine released their list of 100 Most Influential People for 2012, and four comedians, two men and two women, made the list: Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler and Kristen Wiig.
Each comedian included has had a particularly notable year, not only performing at the top of his or her game comedically but influencing culture and changing their industry. For C.K., Handler and Wiig, this year marks the first time they have been included on the list. Colbert was last included in 2006, the year after “The Colbert Report” debuted on Comedy Central.
The list was selected by TIME’s editors. Comedians Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron and Melissa McCarthy also made the short list of finalists for TIME 100.
Stephen Colbert’s busy year has been marked by not only producing possibly the most consistently funny television show in America four nights a week, but providing a public service by educating Americans about Super PACs through the elaborate public stunt that is Colbert Super PAC, Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Hours upon hours of the “Report,” not to mention Colbert’s time outside the show, has been spent in the service of using comedy to explain to viewers why unlimited corporate campaign donations can be harmful, and ultimately won a Peabody for his coverage. (Read our timeline of Colbert’s foray into the 2012 election here.)
In Colbert’s TIME 100 entry, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau summed up Colbert’s main comedic thrust: “On ‘The Colbert Report,’ every day is Opposite Day. Because of how his humor works, the audience finds meaning through sustained inference, which is a lot more fun than it sounds.” Well-deserved, Mr. Colbert.
Even if she never made “Bridesmaids,” Kristen Wiig would certainly be remembered as one of the most memorable cast members that “Saturday Night Live” has ever seen. But then she went ahead and co-wrote and starred in one of the biggest hits of last year, and earned a place on the TIME 100 list by doing so. For all the noise the film made as a capital-s Statement about funny women, lost in the shuffle was that Wiig was the key ingredient that made a damn funny movie what it was.