Last Friday, Melissa McCarthy and the Saturday Night Live crew descended onto the streets of Midtown Manhattan to film a bit for the next night's show. In it, McCarthy, dressed and made up as Sean Spicer, rode a Press Secretary podium through the city, calling desperately for Trump.
And you probably knew all this before the sketch even aired, because news organizations covered it with palpable glee: Something fun was happening! A good human-interest story, courtesy of "comedic national treasure Melissa McCarthy," as Brian Williams intoned. It's all in this behind-the-scenes video, which outshines Saturday's actual Spicer sketch.
The sketch was good, but the excitement with which New York received fake Sean Spicer was even better: McCarthy was welcomed with cheers, waves, and shouts of "We love you, Melissa!" The last time Trump was greeted with smiles and goodwill, he had just given—possibly unwittingly—highly sensitive information to his Russian guests. And the last time he tried to visit New York, the city scared him off to a New Jersey golf club. (He passed it off as a thrifty maneuver.) Ah well. It's a tough town for most.
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