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Kristen Wiig On Women In Comedy, 'Bridesmaids' And Crack

Kristen Wiig

Posted: 12/06/11 08:24 AM ET

Kristen Wiig is really great at being funny. And while some of our best comedians are also our most prolific drug users, from the sound of it, Wiig's talents don't extend to the pipe... or needle.

The "Bridesmaids" star and current figurehead for ladies in comedy covers the new double issue of Paper Magazine, and when asked about what she does with her free time, she revealed that she's more for Cyber Monday than crack dens.

"Can you shoot up crack?" she jokes to the magazine. "Whatever you do with crack, online shopping is better than shooting up crack."

On a more serious (comedic) note, Wiig was asked, once again, about being a torchbearer for women in comedy, never mind forbearers like Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner and Betty White.

"It's unfortunate that this is only now being talked about, because women have been present in comedy for so long," she says. "There have been tons of movies with lots of women in them before 'Bridesmaids.' It's just a confusing thing to me. But you know, if more movies are getting green-lit, and writers are getting a chance because of this movie, I couldn't be happier. That's such a great thing, because the fact that they weren't is kind of awful."

Back in May, when the film was lighting up theaters, Wiig spoke with Newsweek about the same issue; "Bridesmaids" wasn't supposed to be a revolution, because it seemed, to her, that no revolution should be necessary.

"When we were writing it, [Annie Mumolo and I] weren't like, 'Oh, yeah! Now it's the ladies' turn!'" she said. "It's 2011; I don't even know why it's an issue. There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I'll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be 'comedies' and not 'female' or 'male,' and everyone gets an equal opportunity."

Wiig made the point even more clearly in an interview with the Phoenix around the same time.

"Yeah, it's 2011. Women do that stuff," she said, speaking of "Bridesmaids" and its gross out humor. "Women swear. Women get drunk. Women pass out in their own vomit."

But, at least in Wiig's case, at least it's not from doing crack.

For more, click over to Paper Magazine.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |