Hey, Kitty Girl: Kate McKinnon to Play “Tiger King” Queen Carole Baskin

After a podcast and a wildly popular Netflix docuseries, the epic tale of Joe Exotic is getting the scripted treatment.

It’s no surprise that Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is clawing its way through the zeitgeist—it’s one of the wildest stories you could possibly imagine.

Think about it: We’ve got a gay, gun-toting, polyamorous redneck with an exotic tiger zoo in the middle of nowhere feuding with a big-cat enthusiast who totally didn’t kill her husband in what ends in a bizarre murder-for-hire plot. In other words, it’s as American as apple pie.

So, naturally, America’s sweetheart, Kate McKinnon, is now set to put her mark on the story of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin with a scripted limited series. McKinnon will not only star as Baskin—who, again, totally didn’t kill her husband—but also executive produce the series.

Full disclosure: This is actually pretty old news that broke back in November of last year, before the Netflix docuseries took our country by storm. McKinnon’s show will be based on the Joe Exotic podcast, which also covers the big cat-astrophe that led to Exotic serving 22 years in prison for, among other things, plotting to have Baskin killed.

Tiger King’s unique brand of crazy has really struck a chord in these truly insane times, what with its mix of charming misfits, undeniably catchy country tunes, super-gay shit, and unforgettable scenes from our nation’s underground big-cat smuggling operation. It all makes as much sense as 2020, and that’s probably why so many people love it so.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is streaming now on Netflix.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat