Molly Shannon, the kooky comedienne with the twinkling blue eyes and elfin grin started out as a mid-season replacement on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). By the time she left in 2001 to pursue a film career, Shannon had become the longest running female cast member on a program famously male-dominated for decades. With impeccable comedic timing and little regard for her personal safety - like Gilda Radner years before her - Shannon impressed producers and writers with a chutzpa that matched her talent, performing her own stunts with reckless abandon and creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including Mary Katherine Gallagher, a spastic, arm-pit sniffing, underpants-exposing, sexually overripe Catholic school girl who was an exaggerated version of Shannon's own dorky childhood self. After leaving the safety of 30 Rock, Shannon segued easily into big screen comedies like "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006) and "Evan Almighty" (2007), as well as surprised critics with her touching lead turn in the dark comedy, "Year of the Dog" (2007). But the intimacy of television proved to be the perfect medium for capturing Shannon's barely contained crazy, so she returned to the small screen for the Americanized version of an Australian staple, the outlandish sitcom "Kath & Kim" (NBC, 2008-09). With success on both the big and small screens in a variety of different types of roles, this funny girl proved she had staying power beyond her initial "SNL" characterizations.