SNL Spells Stars: Melissa McCarthy Returns as Sean Spicer
Saturday Night Live has perfected the art of political parody by casting Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. They debuted this role on February 4 and followed it up the next week as the cold open. It is rare on the show that a non-regular cast member is called to act in a sketch but cameos do occur. The reason for Melissa McCarthy’s popularity is incredibly evident in these sketches. Her mannerisms mock the entire political establishment with backwards logic pointed out by yelling extremist propaganda that sounds a little too close to the real words administered from the actual government.
Donning a suit and ridiculously accurate wig, McCarthy transforms into an exaggerated version of Spicer that sets the audience aroar with laughter from the onset. In this recent sketch her character makes reference to fact that Spicer is chewing gum during these press conferences and says he’s limiting himself to one stick a day then pulls out a skateboard sized piece of gum, unwraps it then folds it over and proceeds to shove the entire stick into his mouth. As this is live television it becomes evident that he bit off a little more than he could chew to turn a phrase and as the extended mastication continues to much laughter that is exactly what the writers are saying about this current administration.
SNL is also making Alec Baldwin, a non-cast member but their most frequent guest host, the recurring role of President (sigh) Trump. He does a hilarious over the top performance but it feels like he is stealing the job from a “not yet ready for primetime player” but this feeling does extend to McCarthy’s role as she just completely steals the show with her “Spicey” Spicer performance.
It is currently evident that McCarthy’s performance is a total success and sure to return in this role in the following weeks and months. The true test of how much an impact parody can make on actual politics may vary but if anyone in the Trump administration is watching these videos their best move would be to replace Spicer thereby eliminating McCarthy’s opportunity for further satire. It probably will not happen that way and there will enough episodes of McCarthy’s Spicer character to make a best of collection.