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Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin return to 'SNL'

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin return to 'SNL'”

Long before she bowled us all over with her jaw-droppingly flawless Sean Spicer impression on Saturday Night Live, Melissa McCarthy had proven herself as a master of physical comedy.

That really got the ball rolling, or should we say, the podium moving.

Instead of a guest appearance, McCarthy hosted this week's show, continuing her now infamous impression of Spicer. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lobbed at his approach to foreign policy in a recent New York Times op-ed. An off-the-wall bit about a woman in a bathrobe who scratches her head with a knife? Watch the full Tillerson interview below; Todd brings up the McCain article around the 10-minute mark.

McCain originally went after Tillerson for the secretary of state's assertion that "in some circumstances, if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals". "Come on", she shouts. "They haven't had a hot meal in years".

Spicer, played by McCarthy, lashed out at the mock press corps over questions about Russian Federation and Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation direct James Comey.

Asked about Trump's mental fitness, McCarthy's combative Spicer tells the press "If he's insane, he's insane like a fox with mental problems".

"Nothing's going to stop me because I've got the Republicans in the palm of my hand", Baldwin's Trump says before bringing out House speaker Paul Ryan (played by cast member Mikey Day), who offered him two scoops of ice cream, a play on a weird fact revealed while dining with reporters from Time magazine earlier this week. That was literally the joke for the entire sketch - no matter what Marcie did, she got hit with a pie. I laughed so hard I nearly fell off the couch.

No doubt he will not care for the skit's ending, which had McCarthy's Spicer and Baldwin's Trump making out.

"Trump is innocent", McCarthy's Spicer said.

"Only since you started working here", Trump replies.

Kyle and Leslie - This has been one of my favorite ongoing sketches from this season. Oh, and the quick gag with Lorne Michaels was fantastic. "But I mean, Colin can be annoying". So, with Melissa as this week's host, we knew Saturday Night Live would be good - and it did not disappoint. "Which is weird because diving into bushes without warning is usually his boss's thing".

Then the very wacky Cathy Anne (Cecily Strong) turned fierce political commentator.

The final sketch of the night introduced Beck Bennett as a ponytailed video editor pitching logo ideas for a startup production company called Lighthouse Features.

When Spicer's job security is questioned, she drove her motorized podium to Trump, played, as always, by Alec Baldwin, who doesn't do much to reassure her.

Game show sketches are one of the staples in the show's history, behind perhaps only "talk shows" in terms of the number of times SNL has set a scene inside a certain venue. "SNL" and the rest of late night TV had a gift that it wasn't about to return. She also played an aging actress discussing her career and a neighborhood mom promoting the importance of having an animal spirit. So begins a freakish mashup of creepy horror movie tropes and jokes about T.J. Maxx and Costco. "I sit on every chair like it's a toilet".

Ahead of the July release of their new album, the sister trio rocked the Studio 8H stage, showing off some guitar skills and gorgeous vocal harmonies.

If you're feeling anxious about this week in politics, the SNL cold open isn't going to make you feel any better.

Even Huckabee Sanders, according to her father, former governor Mike Huckabee, isn't gunning for the top role. The liberal media will know they were able to get him and once they did, they will come for more.



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