Meet New Player Michaela Watkins

When Amy Poehler recently left SNL following the birth of her son, Archie, two ladies were added to the SNL cast: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins. Now, we’ve already met legacy cast member Elliott. Let’s learn a little about Michaela Watkins.

Like Elliot, Watkins was also part of The Groundlings, the LA comedy troupe that’s a veritable breeding ground for future SNL players. She also brings a substantial TV resume with her, including guest stints on Charmed, Without a Trace and Californication, in addition to playing the role of Lucy on The New Adventures of the Old Christine (with SNL alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

In November 22nd’s Weekend Update, Watkins appeared as Arianna Huffington, a character that she auditioned for SNL with. My thoughts? She made a solid effort of capturing the essence of Huffington, particularly the accent and inflection. It may take some time for Watkins to truly become this character, rather than just impersonating the character, but this was definitely a good starting point.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

What are your thoughts so far on the new women of SNL?  Will they eventually come into their own on the show, or will they forever live in the shadow of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey?

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