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Review: Melissa McCarthy returns as Sean Spicer on Alec Baldwin-hosted 'SNL'

Review: Melissa McCarthy returns as Sean Spicer on Alec Baldwin-hosted 'SNL'

Alec Baldwin may have logged his 17th turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, but he has been a regular presence on the show since October, pinch-hitting as the NBC late-night comedy’s resident Donald Trump impersonator. Perhaps subverting expectations, it wasn’t Baldwin who started the show but Melissa McCarthy who arrived to preside over the cold open as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. It was a performance that worked all kinds of comedy magic when she debuted it a week prior — largely because her first appearance was so unexpected and so hilariously hostile.

There’s a law of diminishing returns with this kind of thing, not that the concept has...

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