The Dartmouth graduate was only one of two new people joining one of the few casts that had returned in its entirety from the previous season, arriving on the Oct.23, 1999, episode, which reunited her with her former Second City alum Tina Fey.Michelle's night takes a turn when she meets several men at the bar who try to impress her by talking politics.The first guy to approach Michelle casually tries to differentiate himself from the others. "I think the whole world is," Michelle shoots back at him.She spoke with Salon about her inspiration for Debbie Downer, her audition for Lorne Michaels, and the secret to getting sketches on the air.When you came to “SNL” from Second City, did you arrive fully armed with an arsenal of characters?It always seemed like there was a determination made early in Elliott’s tenure that she was best consumed in small doses.
(She was not yet in front of the camera—Fey would land on the “Weekend Update” desk opposite Jimmy Fallon on Season 26.)Dratch and Fey shared a seamless comic chemistry that dated back to the mid-1990s in Chicago, which you can see in “Wicked,” an early iteration of the Boston teens sketch Dratch famously performed with Fallon (“Sully”) casting Fey as the mother to Dratch’s teenager “Denise.” (Offstage, the duo were critically praised for their two-woman show, “Dratch and Fey,” first performed at Second City and then at Upright Citizens Brigade in 1999.) Dratch tells me—as every castmember before her has—that at “SNL,” you absolutely need to have a collaborator in the writers’ room to survive. In her seven years at “SNL,” Dratch proved her versatility, with a long string of memorable characters that were male and female and ranged in age from babies to senior citizens, playing them with ease.Though it’s unclear whether she was cut or just cut out on her own accord, it’s hard to recall an example of an “SNL” cast member who displayed as much talent as she did on the show yet remained woefully underused.Her parting is all the more confusing considering Wiig’s departure may have provided just the opportunity for her to finally make good on her potential.Leave it to Saturday Night Live to come up with the most relatable skit about dating in a world where Donald Trump is our president.In the three-minute sketch, comedian Cecily Strong plays a woman named Michelle who shows up at a bar too early and decides to have a drink while she waits for her friend to arrive.Her two outings as Zooey Deschanel were among the highlights of the season, as was her Meryl Streep and Rosie Pope.