A Brief History Of Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber Impression

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01.19.15 5 Comments
With a pitch-perfect spoof of Justin Bieber’s grey-toned attempt to wear big-boy pants in the #MyCalvins ad campaign for Calvin Klein, Kate McKinnon once again proved why she is a Saturday Night Live rock star. But while the CK ads may be the best example of McKinnon’s Bieber impression, she’s actually been grabbing attention with it for a little more than a year, so I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the evolution of Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber transformation.

The Birth Of The Bieber Impression

McKinnon’s first attempt at Bieber was actually buried at the end of a cold open Piers Morgan parody that focused on celebrities in the midst of a scandal, with Bobby Moynihan playing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and host/musical guest Drake playing baseball player Alex Rodriguez. Here, McKinnon debuts the scared squirrel/constant selfie pose loop combination that perfectly captures what the Biebs is all about now that he’s in his Zoolander “Blue Steel” phase.

Interestingly, this sketch aired one year and one day prior to the Calvin Klein spoof.

Kate McKinnon Talks To Ellen About Bieber

McKinnon went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few days after the Piers Morgan sketch and compared Bieber impressions with Fallon — who had previously played the Biebs on SNL — but I can’t find a clip of that, so we’ll have to settle for McKinnon telling Ellen that Bieber came to her in a dream and asked her to stop impersonating him.

Justin Bieber Kisses President Obama For Healthcare


Again, the Bieber impression is buried in the background of a cold open. This time, President Obama’s staff tries to build on their Between Two Ferns momentum by walking the President into more viral moments like a Vine dance video with the Pope and a pic with Kim Kardashian. Kissing Justin Bieber so that a child with a golden heart can get healthcare is the main event, though.

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