WASHINGTON — Here’s a fun fact about a member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation: Michele Bachmann is a fan of “Saturday Night Live.”
At the tail end of an interview this week on a variety of topics, Bachmann mentioned that she’s a huge fan of SNL. She said she thinks the show is hilarious.
But how did she feel about the skit last fall in which SNL poked a little fun at her?
You might recall that the Bachmann send-up in September was part of SNL’s take on the Joe Wilson “You Lie!” controversy, where a group of Republican lawmakers huddled to plan their response. Kristen Wiig-as-Bachmann’s contribution was a single line: “How about we yell, ‘You lie, you freedom-hating, secret half-Muslim’?”
“It’s a compliment because the actress, I think her name is Kristen Wiig, she is one of the most talented actresses out there, she’s so talented and I’m just honored that they chose her to do the portrayal, she’s really funny and really good,” Bachmann said in an interview with MinnPost this week.
“And she’s drop-dead gorgeous, so any day of the week I will take a beautiful actress doing a satirical sketch.”
The Star Tribune’s Bob von Sternberg called Wiig’s Bachmann impression “a reasonable satiric facsimile” while City Pages’ Kevin Hoffman said Wiig “bears a passing resemblance to the the congresswoman – it’s no [Sarah] Palin/[Tina] Fey – but she needs to work on the crazy eyes.”
Judge for yourself on the above video, but I think Wiig has Bachmann’s accent down pat, and frankly the two do look a lot alike. Perhaps there’ll be an on-screen get-together with both Bachmanns on a future SNL episode?