Kristen Wiig spent seven sublime years on Saturday Night Live. During that tenure, she created some of the show's most indelible and popular characters. At times this worked against her ("Another Gilly sketch?!?!" - me, every time a Gilly sketch aired), but for every unnecessary resurrection, Lorne Michaels let Wiig unleash dozens of insanely amazing creations -- especially during Weekend Update.
Wiig was as successful at creating popular characters in a shortened span of time as she was with an entire sketch to work with, and it's those women I'd like to celebrate today in honor of her 40th birthday.