Melissa McCarthy is pure gold as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and is helping SNL gain its highest ratings in years.
This moment is when the live audience at SNL last week knew what they were getting when they first saw Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The parody has garnered critical and public praise, as McCarthy completely stole the show away from host Kristen Stewart and the rest of the SNL cast (yes, even Kate McKinnon).
McCarthy commands the stage as Spicer. McCarthy dons a wig of thinning blonde hair, a mean scowl, and chews a ton of chewing gum. She uses her physical comedy skills to her advantage, using props like a water gun and even the podium to garner laughs. It was so good that SNL brought her in for the cold open yesterday, and she absolutely killed it. Her use of physical comedy and rage (the rolling podium and props used yesterday were pure comedic gold) will cement her impression as one of the greatest SNL parodies since Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. It is likely that she is going to be a recurring guest star on the show, joining SNL regular Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.
SNL’s ratings have been through the roof recently. And Melissa McCarthy is one of the main reasons those ratings are blossoming. Lorne Michaels and his team knew SNL was going to have comedic material for years when the Trump administration moved in. However, no one knew how effective and funny McCarthy was going to be as Sean Spicer. Her comedic genius has been revealed over the course of two weeks. Some can say that she is changing the game in terms of modern sketch comedy. In other words, Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is making SNL great again.