SNL: Melissa McCarthy as Trump Press Sec. Sean Spicer Is Amazing, Period

Saturday Night Live went in a gloriously unexpected direction this weekend, casting Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In the sketch, McCarthy played up Spicer’s tense relationship with the media during the first two weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration by both physically and verbally assaulting members of the press during a daily briefing.

“Before we begin, I need you to know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start,” she said. “When I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of the movie Rocky because I came out here to punch you.

“Now I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted,” she added. “Because I’m not here to be your buddy. I’m here to swallow gum and I’m here to take names.”

“Spicer” then went on to discuss Trump’s Supreme Court pick, angrily declaring that bystanders greeted the POTUS’ announcement with a “standing ovation, which lasted a full 15 minutes,” during which “everyone was smiling, everyone was happy, the men all had erections and every single one of the women was ovulating left and right.”

Later, after reading aloud his email password by mistake, “Spicer” touched on Trump’s screening of Finding Dory, after which he tried to deny the phrase “Muslim ban” and then refused to answer any questions about the role of chief strategist and key advisor Steve Bannon.

Also during the briefing, a CNN reporter was revealed to be caged and dressed in a diaper as punishment for being so-called “fake news.” Spicer then introduced education secretary nominee Betsy De Vos, who noted she knew practically nothing about education other than the fact that “there should be a school” that should have “walls, and roof, and gun for potential grizzly.” He then ended his tirade by shooting a reporter with a water gun when he dared to ask about the White House’s controversial Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

On a scale of 1-10, just how brilliant was McCarthy’s casting? Watch her tour de force above. 

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  1. Steven says:

    This is awesome casting!

    • Kate Sassoon says:

      Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer vignette has GOT to be the BEST EVER SNL bit EVER! Congrats on some fine work this season, SNL, but this one, this MM showcase? oh my goddess, there’s none better, nor has there been, nor ever will there be. Surely she’ll get some kind of award for the best performance in history ever in the universe for that little number, right? There is something wrong with the world if not. There are no superlatives equal to your incredible talent, Melissa. Thank you for tonight’s surprise surprise. I laughed so hard, I hit my noggin on a table. No worries…I have another table.

  2. Alichat says:

    That was so brilliant! I wasn’t a 100% sure it was McCarthy until she spoke. That makeup was spot on.

  3. Nancy says:

    she must return

  4. Cheetoh Hitler made SNL great again! Melissa McCarthy was amazing.

  5. Catherine says:

    McCARTHY’s SPICER IS A KEEPER!!! That was the FUNNIEST thing I’ve seen on TV in a LONG TIME!! I am still ROTFL!! PLEASE bring her back again and again!!! You’re gonna have a LOT of material next 4 years!

  6. webly3 says:

    That was amazing. I’m so excited at this. I don’t even know how to describe my excitement. She did such a great job.

  7. Lex says:

    Can Melissa-as-Spicer become a regular thing, like Alec-as-Donny?

  8. immeam says:

    someone make her come regularly like Alec…love her performance

  9. Joan Starr says:

    The show was so memorable tonight that I think it will be replayed as a classic many times over.

  10. LaurieE says:

    Melissa McCarthy I agree, YOU HAVE ARRIVED. Just amazing, fantastic fun.

  11. Kevin says:

    Wonder if SNL should bring Melissa McCarthy back as host this season (fingers crossed).

  12. Terri says:

    This was a 10 ! One of the funniest skits I have ever seen! McCarthy performance is amazing and how she can keep in character is beyond me! Very interested in others comments!

  13. JD says:

    Melissa rocked it!!!!

  14. brandy says:

    This was h i l a r i o u s. Almost made me mad we were stuck with K-Stew for the rest of the episode.

  15. Kat ryan says:

    Omg Melissa m was hysterical I laughed so hard I couldn’t hear her omg it was the best ever!! She is a genius

  16. Margie says:

    McCarthy was brilliant! Her Spicer was dead on, showi g just how much of a caricature this whole administration is! I couldn’t stop laughing. Wonderful!

  17. JaneC says:

    Please have her back on!! She’s a total 10!!

  18. JScout says:

    An Emmy for this. She was so funny, must have her back regularly. Attacking reporters with the podium or radical moose-lambs, I can’t decide which was funnier. Perhaps, “I’m here to swallow gum. And I’m here to take names”

  19. maggie says:

    McCarthy was hilarious!

  20. Dennis says:


  21. M.A.G.A says:

    Even as a Republican I though McCarthy was perfect!!

    (But seriously Trump needs to get rid of Spicer.)

    • JScout says:

      Trump needs to get rid of Trump. He’s the problem and take all his Russian sympathizing, white supremacists with him.

  22. shannonmctx says:

    Brilliant. And judging from my facebook feed, something my friends from all political spectrum agree on. Thanks Melissa for bringing us together

  23. Melissa McCarthy did such an excellent job. I totally loved it.

  24. LAwoman says:

    Wow! Melissa was on fire. I’m going to have to watch it again.

  25. TomTom says:

    Nothing Melissa McCarthy ever did is amazing, period. stop sucking up to her.

  26. sweetrupturedlight says:

    LAUGHING MY F**** ASS OFF. That was hilarious.

  27. D says:

    the real Spicer is funnier. so is the real Kellyane Conway

  28. Lisa says:

    She gets a 10. That was hilarious.

  29. annna says:

    10! She’s fantastic. I hope she does it again. President Twitler must be apoplectic. :D

  30. Dianne says:


  31. Raftrap says:

    This season of SNL has been consistently great, full of amazing surprises like this one, great sketches, it has everything, two quick things though:
    First it sucks that there has to be a crazy bad president for the writers to recharge on SNL

    and second why on earth is SNL still trying to make Michael and Colin happen? Norm McDonald was fired despite being funny, I was scared they were gonna fire Cecily despite her being amazing on sketches and just not that good on Update. Yet these two are still there and are terribly unfunny to the point of uncomfortable. When Colin made the mistake and started to bid farewell I thought they were actually cutting time on Update at the very least, but whatevs, They must have incredibly powerful connections, I just don’t get it. I give up they’re staying in those chairs forever

    • Aeol says:

      I’m one of the few who cuts Michael and Colin a lot of slack, because I appreciate their lackadaisical approach, but last night was irredeemable.

  32. Cordell says:

    She had me rolling the whole sketch

  33. Rebecca says:

    This was brilliant! Sharp and funny! But you have to wonder how sustainable it is for them to keep casting these big names instead of pulling from their own bench of consistently available talent. (I’m not really complaining- bring in Baldwin and McCarthy every week! But then it’s a letdown when they can’t there- like the cold open without Baldwin last time.)

  34. Yoko says:

    She was fabulous!

  35. Snazzy says:

    Melissa McCarthy – an absolute genius!

  36. Chris says:

    Were the ones who are mentally ill, no sir that’s the president.

    • WhatashameonAmerica says:

      No you’re disgraceful and disrespectful. Only in America could the leader be dissed in public and not face consequences. What a shame

      • Chris says:

        You mean where we have freedom of speech. I have ever right to say what ever I want. And he is mentally ill.

      • TV Gord says:

        There are plenty of countries where we have those freedoms. You’re not that special in America, snowflake.

        • Chris says:

          Didn’t say I was just stating a fact.

          Definition of fact just in case you don’t know what that word means, a thing that is indisputably the case.

  37. Ricky23 says:

    Spicy needs a big boy nap….

  38. Joey Padron says:

    Melissa did great as Sean Spicer, Great and funny sketch. Looking forward to her playing him for next 4 years.

  39. WhatashameonAmerica says:

    Cross another one off
    my admire list. What a shame

  40. Donna says:

    Melissa, rock on ……..please keep me laughing during this nightmare were living in.

  41. Pat says:

    Oh my gosh, sitting here with a cup of coffee, which expelled from my mouth, from laughing so hard. This is beyond hysterical. Thank you SNL and keep it up!

  42. stilladeanandcassiefan says:

    This skit has to be one of the funniest skits I’ve scene in a long time. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious!

  43. Barbara says:

    Don’t watch SNL. Ceased being funny 20 yrs ago.

  44. TV Gord says:

    Inspired! Hilarious! An automatic Emmy should go to the makeup artist(s) who made this happen. Very funny material, too, and for that, I guess an Emmy should also go to the Trump Administration.

    • Lisa says:

      I never could stand this so called actress. I started one movie and stopped after 10 minutes. American actors can not hold a candle to the British actors. Even Turkey has better actors.
      MM is overacting, I guess that is the American way, to me it is stupid.

  45. Myexbff says:

    That was unbelievably amazing. Bravo!!!

  46. CP says:

    10s acrosss the board!! This made me LOVE Melissa even more than I already do! Who even thought that was possible!?!?

  47. Aeol says:

    The brilliance of this sketch made the rest of the episode look even worse than it already was.

  48. Angela says:

    Glenn’s bug-eyed reaction to the “ban” explanation cracked me up. As did the box of props.
    That was brilliant. Let’s keep having much more of it, please.