Melissa McCarthy Striking Out with ‘Tammy’

An encouraging story this summer was the unmitigated success of Bridesmaids, and the emergence of star and screenwriter Kristen Wiig. Not because of any grand notion that Wiig and company burst through metaphorical doors on any “Boy’s Club,” or that the R-rated comedy was a bellwether for a wave of future female-centered comedies.

Bridesmaids was simply Wiig’s turn. In today’s Judd Apatow era of comedy, where improvisation is king, the hierarchy of experience and promotion is the same as the improv comedy troupes from coast to coast, where many of these talents get started. Groups like The Groundlings, which trained Wiig, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade where Amy Poehler learned.

So far, Apatow alone has fostered, promoted and, in some cases, waved proudly goodbye to James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, and Jonah Hill. Wiig was deservedly next. The “Saturday Night Live” comedienne had
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