Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer on 'SNL' is hilariously accurate
Sean Spicer, the current White House press secretary and a man who eats 35 pieces of cinnamon gum every day before noon, is something of a joke. A joke that would be funny if it weren't real life. Anyway, it was only a matter of time before Saturday Night Live went after Spicer, his ill-fitting suits and his uncomfortably combative manner of dealing with the press.
Adopting her squeakiest gravel voice, Melissa McCarthy donned a beige comb-over on the Feb. 4 episode. As Spicer, she bullied and gaslit journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN, whose White House correspondent was caged in the corner of the room.
"Before we begin, I know that the press and myself have gotten off to a rocky start," McCarthy as Spencer said. "When I say rocky start, I mean it in the sense of Rocky, the movie, because I came out here to punch you in the face. And also I don't talk so good."
"I'm not here to be your buddy," she added. "I'm here to swallow gum, and I'm here to take names."
The SNL sketch parodied Spicer's recent Twitter gaffe, in which he accidentally shared what appeared to be a password with the whole internet, as well as less-than-knowledgeable education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Kate McKinnon's DeVos remained unable to differentiate between growth and proficiency in measuring students' progress, a point of contention during her confirmation hearing.
"I don't know anything about school," McKinnon as DeVos mused, "but I do think there should be a school, probably Jesus school, and I think it should have walls and roof and gun for potential grizzly."
All in all, a picture of Donald Trump's White House that hits a little too close to home. Maybe Spicer's press conferences would be more enjoyable if he were to use boxes of props, per SNL's suggestion. Maybe.