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Melissa McCarthy on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See - Rolling Stone. Melissa McCarthy's Saturday Night Live legacy was already cemented before she started impersonating Sean Spicer this season.

Melissa McCarthy on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See - Rolling Stone

But ever since, that reputation has gone into the stratosphere. Rewatching that initial press conference sketch, you can hear the crowd slowly, surely, then ecstatically greet the choice to have McCarthy embody this role. Not having her on the full-time cast has caused some problems, but little has dampened that initial impact. As the newest member of the Five-Timers Club (after being officially inducted by Steve Martin during the show's farewell segment), McCarthy demonstrated once again why she's one of a handful of performers that the show should have host on a yearly basis.

Each episode brings out the best in the writers and performers. Game Show The weekly selection process here isn't about the "best" sketches: the mandate is "sketches you have to see. " Lester Holt Cold Open. SNL: Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer emerges from the bushes and finally confronts Trump. After such a busy news week, and with the White House press operation especially in the spotlight, there was plenty of anticipation ahead of Melissa McCarthy hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

SNL: Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer emerges from the bushes and finally confronts Trump

The buildup grew when cellphone video and photos emerged Friday showing McCarthy dressed as her breakout character this season, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, rolling around a busy Manhattan street on a mobile podium. Scarlett Johansson on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See - Rolling Stone. It's often hard to figure out which three Saturday Night Live sketches to include here each week.

Scarlett Johansson on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See - Rolling Stone

Last week, coming up with three I felt strongly enough about to even share proved a challenge. Jeff Sessions Gump Cold Open - SNL. “I don’t like Chevy”: Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase’s tense post-”Saturday Night Live” battle. We have no idea why “SNL” cut this amazing musical sketch. The 5 best Saturday Night Live skits of 2013. Why Alec Baldwin Plays Donald Trump on 'Saturday Night Live'

There may soon be an entire generation of kids who will likely know Alec Baldwin as the guy who played Donald Trump on TV.

Why Alec Baldwin Plays Donald Trump on 'Saturday Night Live'

It's certainly his most notable role since his seven year-run playing 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy, another wealthy conservative businessman, ended in 2013. Baldwin is, for the foreseeable future, Donald Trump. But for all the notoriety, Baldwin doesn't necessarily like playing a character who is, as he told Extra, "not a lot of fun. " "He's tense, he's angry, he's pissed off," Baldwin said, "and that's not fun to play. " Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. President Trump disliked Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer performance on “SNL” because she’s a woman. White House press secretary Sean Spicer is, once again, no longer in the good graces with the president after actress Melissa McCarthy parodied him on “Saturday Night Live.”

President Trump disliked Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer performance on “SNL” because she’s a woman

The absurd, yet eerily accurate caricature was only made worse in the eyes of President Trump because the performer was a woman. Sources close to the president told Politico that Spicer’s portrayal by a woman was particularly troublesome. “Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” one Trump donor said. The skit apparently spoiled Spicer’s long-term prospects in the West Wing. Politico reported that McCarthy’s parody was not considered helpful for Spicer, who has struggled to find the right approach as press secretary. Melissa McCarthy Spins The Facts As Sean Spicer On 'Saturday Night Live'

WATCH: John Goodman as Rex Tillerson makes holiday oil deal with Vladimir “Puty” on SNL. Alec Baldwin Returns To 'SNL' As Man Without A Plan Donald Trump. Watch Tom Hanks mock Trump supporters in SNL’s Black Jeopardy. Saturday Night Live has not been kind on Donald Trump supporters over the past few months.

Watch Tom Hanks mock Trump supporters in SNL’s Black Jeopardy.

After all, the show directly called them white supremacists a few months ago. But last night, the show took a more subtle, albeit uncomfortable, turn as Tom Hanks put on a red “Make America Great Again” cap and a graying goatee to play Doug, a Trump-supporting guest on Black Jeopardy. Hosted by Kenan Thompson as Darnell Hayes, this episode of Black Jeopardy looked to be an easy setup to mercilessly mock Trump supporters at every turn. Instead, it revealed that conspiracy theorist Doug had a lot more in common with the other contestants—Leslie Jones as Shanice and Sasheer Zamata as Keeley—than most people would have likely expected.

As Doug continually answered questions correctly about the upcoming election and life in general, the contestants are increasingly surprised to learn they have similar views on several issues. The Rock Obama Returned To 'SNL' This Weekend To Go After Ted Cruz. Dwayne Johnson poses in front of one of the lion statues by Nelson's column on Trafalgar Square in central London, during a photo call for the film Hercules, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

The Rock Obama Returned To 'SNL' This Weekend To Go After Ted Cruz

(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson poses for photos as he arrive on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie Hercules in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) Dwayne Johnson, star of the upcoming film "Hercules," introduces a clip from the film at the Opening Night Presentation from Paramount Pictures at CinemaCon 2014 on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Las Vegas.

“Saturday Night Live” and Richard Pryor: The untold story behind “SNL’s” edgiest sketch ever. Up until the mid-1970s, the networks had little interest in Saturday late-night shows.

“Saturday Night Live” and Richard Pryor: The untold story behind “SNL’s” edgiest sketch ever

After the eleven o’clock news, the airwaves were a bone-yard for local affiliates, the final resting place for schlock movies from the 1950s and ’60s. NBC stations had the option of rerunning recent episodes of “The Tonight Show” to predictably tepid ratings, which did not please either the affiliates or Johnny Carson. When Carson pulled the weekend reruns, preferring to repackage them as “best of ” programs to air on weeknights so that he could enjoy some time off, NBC president Herbert Schlosser and vice president of late night programming Dick Ebersol tapped Lorne Michaels, a veteran of Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In,” to create something edgy and new.

Johnny Carson dismissed “Saturday Night” as crude and sophomoric. He was right. Conventional wisdom held that it would be ludicrous to expect the show’s target audience to sit at home watching TV at eleven thirty on a Saturday night. Negro. 8 vintage “SNL” episodes NBC should air this year. NBC is pulling out all the stops for its 40th season: In addition to airing a three-hour anniversary special this year, the network will also broadcast a weekly “SNL Vintage” series that replays classic “SNL” episodes ahead of new ones on Saturday night.

8 vintage “SNL” episodes NBC should air this year

The first two have already been announced: A 1975 episode featuring Richard Pryor as the host and Gil Scott-Heron as the musical guest will air Sept. 27. On Oct. 4, NBC will air the Season 25 episode with Christopher Walken as the host and Christina Aguilera as the musical guest. Phil Hartman’s greatest sketch ever: Secrets of “SNL’s” perfect Clinton parody. As the 1992 election drew nearer Phil Hartman’s Bill Clinton impersonations became more frequent as more political sketches got airtime.

Phil Hartman’s greatest sketch ever: Secrets of “SNL’s” perfect Clinton parody

On Sunday, November 1, Phil and Carvey hosted a politically themed clip show titled “Presidential Bash.” Besides Clinton, Phil also portrayed the vice presidential debate- bungling Admiral James “Who am I? Why am I here?” Stockdale, out on a joyride with Ross Perot (Dana Carvey). It had originally aired a week before, and afterward calls had flooded into SNL from military vets who thought the sketch disrespectful. Kate McKinnon's Creepy Kellyanne Conway Goes Fatal Attraction On 'SNL' 'SNL' Spoofs Disney Remakes With Action-Packed 'Bambi' Trailer. Dwayne Johnson poses in front of one of the lion statues by Nelson's column on Trafalgar Square in central London, during a photo call for the film Hercules, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson poses for photos as he arrive on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie Hercules in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, June 19, 2014.

(AP Photo/Rob Griffith) Dwayne Johnson, star of the upcoming film "Hercules," introduces a clip from the film at the Opening Night Presentation from Paramount Pictures at CinemaCon 2014 on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: (L-R) Actors Irina Shayk and Dwayne Johnson attend the photocall for 'Hercules' at Trafalgar Square on July 2, 2014 in London, England. ‘SNL’ brutally lampoons all-white Oscars. 'SNL' Mocks Trump Brothers Again, This Time Over Pop's Ethics Tangle.