Taran Killam Says He Made His Robyn Tribute Video Totally Last-Minute Thanks To SNL’s Costume Department
In writing about Taran Killam getting married to Cobie Smulders this weekend, I forgot to mention the major reason you might already be in love with him: He's the one who painstakingly recreated Robyn‘s “Call Your Girlfriend” video! We already knew that he made it while a little punchy at the Saturday Night Live offices around 4 a.m. on writing night, but Vulture caught up with him recently and got him to spill a little more on what was going through his head that fateful night. Like, how did he get his hands on that sweater?
Please tell me you'll still be able to do more of those Robyn-type videos.
That's the thing, because the new office will have more space now!
So the next video could be bigger and grander. The pressure's on. I think there will be more expected from me on the show. It was easy to do that in the downtime, but we'll see. It was such a fun, last-minute, late-night, fun thing.
It couldn't have been completely last-minute, because it took a bit of planning.
That's the amazing thing about our costume department. You can call them at two in the morning and they'll have a pink furry sweater ready for you in fifteen minutes. I just love the video. I'm a Robyn lover. The week before, they played the video for me, and I was like, immediately, “I love this.” And then I was just watching it on a loop, and I would interrupt other people's writing meetings by going in and starting the video on full volume, and just through osmosis, I was able to get most of the dance moves down. I was cheating a little bit. There was some watching the video as I danced.
In case you haven't watched it yet, here's his dedicated recreation of the video. Personally, I love the mini lights show that he gets his SNL cast members to do while Taran focuses on hitting all the right dance moves.
I also kinda love him for how he described his love affair with Joss Whedon—which started long before his wife Cobie got cast in The Avengers. “Picture a 15-year-old Taran Killam being in his grandmother's television room, watching Buffy have to send Angel back to hell, just as he got his soul back, because Xander wouldn't tell her that Willow was working on a plan,” he said. “Weeping. Sitting on the floor, watching that by myself, weeping.” I am picturing it, and now I want to shake this guy's hand. And then orchestrate an impromptu dance party to “Dancing On My Own.”