Melissa McCarthy Stumbles (Literally) Through a Hilarious "SNL" with an Assist from Peter Drunklage
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Melissa McCarthy Stumbles (Literally) Through a Hilarious "SNL" with an Assist from Peter Drunklage

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | April 7, 2013 | Comments ()


After rocking her first appearance last season, Melissa McCarthy returned last night and demonstrated why she's one of the best physical comedians working today. When given room to operate (outside of "Mike & Molly" or earlier, "Gilmore Girls"), McCarthy lets loose, shows absolutely no shame, and works for every laugh. There's a certain Chris Farley vibe to her brand of comedy, too, except that McCarthy's is more confident. Farley used his weight as a hilarious punchline; McCarthy uses hers as the setup, and hammers it home as one of the best ad libbers around. Last night's Pizza Business was McCarthy at her damn finest:

Her second-best sketch, Honey Baked Ham Bake Off, unfortunately isn't available for embed (it's another issue of music rights), but it, too, was outstanding, featuring McCarthy working it Salt-n-Pepa style with Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan dressed as pigs.

She killed it in the monologue, too, eschewing the personal jokes, the self-effacing plugs, and the question-and-answers for a routine built around a big lady wearing heels. This is where you realize that, Jesus, she is supremely talented, and she's willing to endure a little physical pain for a laugh. She got more than a few out of me.

The Voice: Season 4 sketch was funny, too, although it might have helped if I'd ever seen "The Voice" before, but the joke is not too difficult to pick up on.

Not the best sketch, but I did like McCarthy's take on fired Rutger coach Mike Rice in Outside the Lines. She does great mean.

But the best bit of the night goes to Drunk Uncle on Taxes and a cameo from Peter Dinklage/Drunklage on Weekend Update, which absolutely brought down the house.

Seth Meyers was pretty good with the jokes, too, although I'm still not that into Bar Mitzvah Boy on Passover. Vanessa Bayer is outstanding in it, I just don't think the premise is terribly funny.

Finally, I leave you with the 10-to-1 sketch, The Art of the Encounter, which is the reason I have high hopes for the future of "SNL": Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon can make even a mediocre sketch feel funny.

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  • malechai

    I heard on the radio this morning that MM's SNL appearance last night was the Worst. Thing. To. Happen. to television, ever. This annoyed me. Glad to hear it's not true.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Was it my imagination or was Bobby Moynihan throwing a lot of Japanese into his "Korean" gibberish? That was...interesting.

    Also, I read that Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) was a guest writer this week. I wonder how much he contributed.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I really like Vanessa Bayer, but I also fear she is an alien. She never, ever breaks. Ever. Alien. Or robot. But a totally hot one.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    HOLY SHIT! Carson Daly is alive? And employed?

  • e jerry powell

    I wouldn't be 100% on either. Except for the fact that Disney owns ABC and not NBC, I'd swear Daly is animatronic.

  • Wah. I'm Debbie Downer. I barely chuckled, and I'm not a fan of 'fat' humor, which at least half of McCarthy's skits traded in. Just because she's 'brave' enough to fall down a lot etc... just rubs me wrong. I'll prob watch next week tho.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Okay, did the announcer have a mouth full of pizza during the introduction? Because all I can hear him say is "Mona Sim McCoffe!"

  • logan

    SNL is still on?

  • tmoney

    I was just excited to see Jay Pharaoh in more than one sketch. Also, that last sketch is one that I will be quoting all week. Strong and McKinnon killed me.

  • sean

    I really didn't think it was that great. Except for Peter Drunkledge and the 5 minutes to 1 sketch. McCarthy just isn't that funny to me. She seems more desperate. The Chris Farley comparison seems very valid(except he was funny). There is a desperation on her part to be liked. She is willing to do anything to achieve that. Perhaps with better writing(like in Bridesmaids), she can be really funny. SNL writers let her down. Like they do with almost everyone else.

  • e jerry powell

    I don't think Farley was even half as funny as Belushi, and Belushi could play against type.

  • You do realize you just described the personality of every comedian ever, right?

  • Erin S

    I think Cecily Strong is my new favorite cast member. The girl you don't want to talk to at a party is painfully accurate, and her "Saboski Cryssal" girl makes me laugh more than anyone else. Vanessa Bayer is funny too, but there's just something about Strong's slurry delivery that kills me.

  • I agree. She is so funny and I love that she was great from her first episode. I like all the new girls but she's my favorite.

  • Erich

    Vanessa Bayer as Bar Mitzvah Boy looks almost exactly like a young Michael Cera.

  • e jerry powell

    Funny, I think it looks almost exactly like every bar mitzvah I've ever been to.

  • Robert

    I think the opening monologue was a joke about wearing ridiculous high heels, not a joke about a big girl in heels.

  • Of course I went to bed before Dinklage, because...of course.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    I rarely watch SNL anymore (last time was when Charlie Day hosted), but if they get Peter Drunklage to host some time i'm definitely tuning in.

  • TrickyHD

    None of those skits was funny. JT's episode was infinitely better.

  • That was the funniest one in a while. The Dinklage cameo was excellent and McCarthy just went for it in every sketch. Even better, she didn't break once. She's one of the few hosts that could have been a cast member.

  • e jerry powell

    Who wasn't a cast member already, anyway.

  • Viking

    Thanks for the links, I love both McCarthy and Dinklage even more now.

  • Maguita NYC

    The first 2 seasons of Gilmore Girls showcased Melissa's physical comedy to perfection. That's how we came to love her. However, The Mike & Molly bit is turning me off.

    Give the woman DECENT movies pronto to showcase her outstanding genius. Better yet, have her drop the M&M tedious bit and make her a full-time cast member and producer on SNL! I'd never miss an episode.

  • Bodhi

    Sookie is one of the best characters on the WB. Or CW. Probably both

  • Three_nineteen

    Do you know what's in my Tumblr? Regret.

  • "Have you heard about the sports scores? 13 was one of them."

    McCarthy was fabulous, but Peter Drunklage was definitely the highlight of the night.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    So Melissa McCarthy was a great host, and Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong give you hope for a good season -- it's almost like you're saying women are funny or something.

  • John G.

    Impossible!! Everyone knows that ovaries produce a hormone that blocks the funny. It's science.

  • toblerone

    So Jay Leno not being funny is a hormone problem?

  • Az

    Nah that's just Karma. That bitch has no sene of humor.

  • John G.

    Jay Leno not being funny is a money and power problem. Comedy is a weapon that aims up, not down. It's for bullied kids, minority groups, weirdos, freaks, and the powerless to be used against the people holding their face in the toilet. Jay Leno was actually funny back in the 70's and 80's. Then he got a group of hacky writers, and an audience of middle-aged tourists, locked them in a room where you're told when to laugh, and he started making more money than God, and that was the end of his comedy. This probably goes without saying, but you did recognize the sarcasm in my comment about women, right?

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