Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'

15 May, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Ruben Patrick

"On behalf of everyone here, I just want to say: I can't believe you're president", Holt declared.

Guests at the Weekend Update desk this episode included the return of Cecily Strong's loudmouthed Cathy Anne and an appearance by Pete Davidson, who once again opened up about his sobriety by recounting the hilarious tale of his time at equine rehab - where he learned he's allergic to horses.

This week's edition was the penultimate episode in SNL's 42nd season.

When Trump looks to his opposition it is not from the hapless Democrats but rather from late night TV.

A misfired joke about "pants on fire", played largely for the visual of McCarthy unleashing an extinguisher, was followed by the more solid visual comedy spun out of a question about Russian Federation. As host, she didn't bother with a monologue, but instead lead an audience member - and mother - on a tour backstage. That was literally the joke for the entire sketch - no matter what Marcie did, she got hit with a pie.

But everyone knew her Spicer was coming.

At one point, Spicer's wrath causes him to tear down a decorative column and toss it into the front row of assembled journalists. "You like when I do that, Sean?"

"With one performance, Sean Spicer no longer controls how people perceive him", wrote Vulture's Jesse David Fox in February.

Cut to the window, where Spicer/McCarthy/bush is seen.

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The president later insisted that he's nothing like former President Richard Nixon.

And then, boom. You guessed it.

"He wouldn't do that".

"Nothing's going to stop me because I have the Republicans in the palm of my hand". A passionate, reassuring kiss follows. Baldwin returned as Trump for allegedly the last time for a reenactment of the president's interview with NBC's Lester Holt earlier this week. Donald Trump being who (and how) he is, it doesn't seem impossible that he might let his press secretary go just to put McCarthy's impressions to an end. When Trump said he fired James Comey because the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was investigating Russia, Holt described the comment as obstruction of justice. "You like when I do that?" "I sit on every chair like it's a toilet".

Meanwhile, some background: The Washington Post first reported last week that Trump press secretary Spicer had wandered into bushes rather than face questions about the president's firing of Comey.

But, for all the usual diversionary tactics deployed to allay the media, the beleaguered press secretary eventually cracked amid ongoing speculation from the reporters that he may lose his job.

Didn't matter. The "bush" damage was done.

The rest of the sketches, however, continued to suffer this week, not quite up to SNL standards. What gifts will next week bring?

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