Melissa McCarthy Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend’s Mother’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live brought Melissa McCarthy back as host for the fifth time. She’s made several appearances on SNL this season as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, adding some variety to the political satire that the late night sketch show has made even more prominent since Donald Trump became president. But this time she had an entire episode to herself, and the result was a solid collection of comedy.

Watch the best and worst sketches from the Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live.

The Best

Sean Spicer Returns – We already knew Sean Spicer was returning after Melissa McCarthy was spotted cruising around New York City on the motorized podium that she rammed reporters with before, and this sketch did not disappoint. The interaction that McCarthy has with the reporters is what makes Spicer work the best, which is part of the reason her appearance during the Easter-themed sketch didn’t work as well. Though this sketch hit the same beats as the previous ones, the use of nesting dolls topped Spicer’s previous use of toys to explain things to reporters. Plus, you can’t go wrong with having Trump and Spicer make out, which just had to be included as a way to piss off the president even more.

Kyle and Leslie – This has been one of my favorite ongoing sketches from this season. Rarely is there much carry-over between sketches, let alone pre-recordedones. In fact, I’m not certain, but I think this is the first series of pre-recorded sketches that has a narrative that continues throughout a given season. One could argue that the characters Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake played in the music videos for “Dick in a Box,” “Mother Lover” and “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” had a narrative that spanned several sketches, but it wasn’t anything like this. Oh, and the quick gag with Lorne Michaels was fantastic.

Side note: Did anyone else notice that Colin Jost was wearing crutches at the end of the show during the goodbye? Does he have an actual injury that he needs crutches for, or was that a clever continuance from him getting hilariously and surprisingly shot in this sketch?

Game Show – Melissa McCarthy may be the best physical comic to take to Saturday Night Live since Chris Farley (though Molly Shannon comes close too). When she hosts, it never fails that she’ll do something completely goofy like this. The sketch as a whole went on a little too long, but McCarthy kept it funny. While I would have preferred more variety like there was early on with the sprinkles and the blowing of the candles, I found myself laughing quite heartily at this sketch.

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