So SNL “funny” gal Melissa McCarthy had mocked Sean Spicer since February in what, now, is pretty much a viral video. She dressed up to appear as the former White House Press Secretary and went into (I thought at least) a rather lame attempt at humor.
Then just this weekend Spicer got a little payback against McCarthy during the Emmys and McCarthy looked pretty “uncomfortable”.
At the Emmys, host Stephen Colbert, mocking President Trump’s exaggerated claims as to the crowd size at his inauguration, stated, “What really matters to Donald Trump is ratings. You’ve got to have the big numbers. And I certainly hope we achieve that tonight. Unfortunately, at this point, we have no way of knowing how big our audience is. I mean, is there anyone who could say how big the audience is. Sean, do you know?
Spicer walked out on stage pushing a portable lectern, which had even the leftist Hollywood celebrities laughing uproariously, while McCarthy did her best to mask her irritation, smiling uncomfortably.
Her performances have made such a far-reaching impression that Spicer even referenced one of her sketch’s gags about a mobile podium during a news conference in March.
“That’s the part I didn’t like,” McCarthy told The Times in a recent interview. “I was like ‘No! It’s not us’ [gesturing to two people] making that joke, it’s we’re making that joke.
“I had a moment of fear about that when he was like, ‘Don’t make me move the podium.’ I thought, No, that’s not your joke to make,” she explained.
Still, a sense of inclusiveness is part of the reason behind “Saturday Night Live” opting to live up to its name across the country. “That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time,” Greenblatt explained.
“The second screen” of in-the-moment social media chatter has become a coveted space for broadcasters, who have been experimenting with live broadcasts in other genres for years. Comedies such as “30 Rock” and “The Drew Carey Show” have aired live on both coasts, and both NBC and Fox have aired live presentations of beloved musicals such as “Grease,” “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” Awards shows have long benefited from social media buzz, and NBC’s Jan. 11 telecast of the Golden Globes generated 4.4 million comments on Twitter. This year, after years of the Globes, the Oscars and Emmys being aired live across the country, the Grammys followed suit.