The New McCarthyism...
You may have seen this by now, since it's making its way around that Internet thing. But I watched it live on Saturday Night Live, and thought it was a gem.
The sketch is a press conference led by Press Secretary Sean Spicer. And it's very funny on its own, but what takes it to a higher level is that he's played -- in seriously-impressive make-up -- by, of all people, Melissa McCarthy. It was an unannounced appearance, she wasn't the host, nor even a scheduled guest. And the make-up is so good that I don't think you can tell who it is. The audience applauds on entrance, but unless they were told ahead of time that it was a surprise, I don't think they'd have had a clue. Only when she begins talking do you realize the voice is familiar and then you catch on. And it's at that point the audience ratchets things up.
She's absolutely wonderful. But as terrific as she is, the people who I think deserve the most praise are 1) the lunatic who suggested, "Hey, how about we get Melissa McCarthy to play Sean Spicer, and 2) the make-up artist.
Here 'tis --
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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