The Spoils Before Dying kicked off its six-episode run on IFC last night, and while it might not be the biggest surprise in the world, it turns out that Kristen Wiig’s talents even extend to delivering perfectly executed jazz ditties, like the above song “Booze and Pills.” Here’s what series creators Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele told us about Wiig’s performance:
You mentioned how Maya Rudolph makes sense because of her singing talent, but after watching the first episode I’ve got to say: Kristen Wiig is an amazing singer! I know she’s talented, but I was shocked.
Steele: I’ve gotta be honest: It shocked us too. And by the way, that song was hardly worked out. She hardly had any time to rehearse it. She walked into a booth, sang it, and improv’d the end of it, in key, in front of us. We were literally blown away.
Piedmont: And she sings another song in a later episode that I think is even a better song, and she’s even more skilled at it. And I won’t spoil it, but she has another skill as well you’ll be maybe shocked to know that she has. But she’s a brilliant singer and she nailed two songs in an afternoon, and it’s like a revelation. Like Steele said, we both knew that she couldn’t be more talented, but the fact that she literally came in there and nailed a very complicated jazzy song right away was a miracle.