Following in the footsteps of Will Ferrell’s golly-gee George W. Bush, Tina Fey’s gun-toting Sarah Palin and Alec Baldwin’s pouty-mouthed President Trump, McCarthy’s gum-chewing portrayal of the embattled press secretary on “Saturday Night Live” is already reaching “best of” status.
McCarthy, who was a no-show at Sunday’s ceremony, admitted to being nervous the first time she showed up at Studio 8H as “Spicey.” In a interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the “Ghostbusters” star said she didn’t “do impressions.” Could’ve fooled us.
“But when I read the script, I was like, ‘Oh, God, that is juicy, but I don’t understand how we’re going to physically make it work.’ To which the amazing special effects person at SNL was like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s not that big of a deal. That’s gonna take me, like, 15 minutes.’ I was like, ‘Hey!'”
During the sketch comedy show’s wildly successful 42nd season, McCarthy played Spicer four times, including bits featuring the now former press secretary hiding in the bushes, riding a motorized podium and wearing high heels. Spicer, who will make his first post-White House appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Sept. 13, called the comedian’s over-the-top portrayal of him “cute.”