Melissa McCarthy returns to ‘SNL’ as Sean Spicer, and brings out the emotion in all of us


After the hubbub in New York City on Friday when hundreds, if not thousands, of people spotted Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer roaming the Manhattan streets while riding a motorized podium, McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live as this week’s host.

She did not disappoint as Spicey.

SNL introduced a new character in Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (played by Aidy Bryant) who emerged to address the press corps and introduced herself as the child of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and a “big southern hamburger.” It doesn’t take long, though, for Cecily Strong to notice that Spicer, just like in real life, is hiding in some bushes outside the briefing room.

From there, Spicey returns to the podium, and as is usual the case, madness ensues (and we get to see exactly what they were filming in New York) until the joyous, slightly uncomfortable climax of the sketch.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.