Simpering, bragging, end-of-hair- twirling Penelope, wanting to one-up anybody in social occasions to which she is never invited, but simply crashes--Penelope wanting to take over (too much assertiveness training?), Penelope making a total ass of herself.
This brilliant nailing-down of a character, so well rendered for us by Kristin Wiig,marvellous actress, saviour, I swear, of Saturday Night Live.
How many Penelopes do we know?
A guest will say, "My husband and I have a time- share in Fort Myers."
Penelope will simper in, "We have bought the Leonardo Arms in Fort Myers."
"Sally just graduated with an English degree."
Penelope (twisting the ends of her hair with one hand while the other hand is into the canapes): "My husband has a medical degree. He's a doctor. The kids are vacationing in Switzerland."
Penelope, ending up, somehow at an apartnment tenant's meeting.
Tenant meeting secretary: "Isn't it nice to have Ingrid play the piano for us?
Penelope: "I have grade eight in piano and it's a university credit. I love Prokofieff. I can play piano better than Ingrid."
Tenant: "I just bought a Caddy SUV. Cost an arm and a leg."
Penelope: " My husband drives a Lambhergini. He's a doctor in Maryland."
Tenant (irritated now): "Maybe you should go and join him there."
Penelope:" I travel all over the universe. I do it by teleportation."
Tenant: "Maybe you should go to the moon."
Penelope: " I love the moon. I love Mars. Lots of canals. My husband and I just came back from Venice."
There is a break now in the cocktail action.
The head tenant declares a birthday for one of the tenants.
"Happy Birthday, Sally-in-the-red-dress!"
Penelope "I own a red dress. "It is my birthday too." (She tries to grab the microphone).
Head tenant: "Penelope!"
Tenant head (Interjecting): I think we've had just about enough of this. I think we should adjourn to my apartment. You are not invited, Penelope!."
Penelope: "I have a bigger apartment. Nicer. My husband is a doctor."
Everybody leaves at this point, leaving Penelope to snatch at canapes and twirl the ends of her hair.
Haven't we all met a Penelope?
The one-up lady, but crazy as a loon all the same.
Off-the-wall chick somehow married to a high income professional.
Brilliant role for Kristin Wiig.
And so funny and righ-on compared to the stale skits of SNL in recent years.
Ms. Wiig is back at SNL after a two-year hiatus...Producer Lorne Michels has had to fire so many people to meet budget, some of them brilliant, to wit, Rachel Drach.
But Kristin Wiig had me laughing so hard over real people like Penolope that I'd met.
Aren't they totall A-holes?
Fact is, Kristin Wiig started out on an SNL skit just recently, titled something like "Meet the A-Holes", a guy and girl team of the Penelope sort.
Haven't we met every one of these people personally?
Chracters so well nailed.