Melissa Mc Carthy made a return visit to “Saturday Night Live,” playing White House press secretary Sean Spicer in the show’s cold open.
Trump administration figures were all over the show, hosted by Alec Baldwin for a record 17th time.
The sketch was filled with bellicose references to the events from the past week and included a brief appearance by “SNL” trouper Kate Mc Kinnon as newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Mc Carthy generated rave reviews last week for her first turn as the White House’s pugnacious new chief spokesman.
He said this in part to counter the charge that he and the show had sold out—arguing in essence that it’s impossible get co-opted if you were always a part of “the system.” Nevertheless, when Michaels and the remaining members of the original cast left Saturday Night Live in 1980, what happened over the next five years—before Michaels returned to the helm in 1985—defined SNL’s legacy almost as significantly as what happened when the show premièred in 1975.
Some fans at home didn’t approve of the sketch, saying jokes shouldn’t be made of something like child molestation — although, no harm was shown on screen whatsoever.
“What were you thinking with robot child molester skit?
First, Jean Doumanian took over as producer, with a new group of actors and writers who were divided on what made Saturday Night Live special.
The sketches during Doumanian’s regime tended to be pointlessly raunchy, while the cast was split between those who assumed the show would be a launching pad to Chevy Chase/John Belushi/Bill Murray-level movie fame, those who were trained in improv and thus committed to the craft of sketch comedy as an end in itself, and those who wanted to carry on the upstart legacy of the original SNL.