On December 17th at 8pm NBC will turn to Kristen Wiig’s recurring character Gilly to host “SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas.” The two-hour special will be led by Wiig’s Gilly, an ever-smiling Annie-lookalike who delights in violent mischief.
The special will feature new sketches with Gilly and highlights of classic holiday “SNL” sketches. Wiig’s Gilly character has built a large following on Saturday Night Live. In a phone interview she said part of the fun of Gilly hosting is in her slim vocabulary, which consists mainly of the simple catch-phrase “Sorry.”
“That can be a tough one to work around,” Wiig said. “There’s going to be no long monologue. Maybe her five-word vocabulary will stretch to 10 or 11.”
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will also make guest appearances on the special to help introduce clips they’ve appeared in as hosts, including Martin in “A Holiday Wish.”
“Since `SNL’ has been on for so long, it’s 35 years of at least two or three shows a year kind of based on Christmas stuff,” said Wiig. “There’s a lot of good material there.”