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Alec Baldwin has won rave reviews all season long for his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and deservedly so. He was at it again in SNL’s cold open on Saturday putting out a solid performance.
But if you ever wondered which Hollywood actor and/or actress would be best suited to play Press Secretary Sean Spicer, SNL has a most excellent answer for that.
Try Melissa McCarthy.
The Twitter reaction in the minutes after the sketch aired was proof to how well the impression went over.
Melissa McCarthy as Spicer is best SNL political bit since the Clarence Thomas hearing in 1991
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 5, 2017
Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer is the best thing SNL has done in its history.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) February 5, 2017
I’ve rewound the DVR to watch Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer again. It was that good.
— Ken Fang (@fangsbites) February 5, 2017
Think about it this way: In her monologue, host Kristen Stewart accidently dropped a “fuck” on live TV. And thanks to McCarthy, by the time you read this, hardly anybody will have remembered – or cared about – that flub.
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 CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.