We all know that Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Sean Spicer was so apt that it made us laugh our heart out every time we see her on SNL. The comedian now reveals how she prepared for the character to portray on SNL.
McCarthy in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, explains who she found right notes in her Spicer impression. She also revealed on how few quirky ideas led to one of the most outstanding impressions in SNL history.
McCarthy then went on describe that she was familiar with Spicer from press briefings, but usually got too angry herself to pay attention to his speech and mannerisms. She watched the briefings again, closely, to prepare for SNL.
“I just threw caution to the wind and was like, ‘I’m not gonna try to mimic too much; there’s so much irritation coming through his body,’” McCarthy told THR. “I’ll just [capture that].”
“I remember asking about the podium: ‘Can we pick this thing up?’” she recalls in the interview. “And that’s the problem with doing SNL. It ruins you for everything else. Because when you say, ‘Can we make a motorized podium?’ they say yes. Anything you can conjure, there’s somebody 10 feet from you that goes, ‘Yeah. What do you want it to do?’ And then your mind goes nuts.”
The 46-year-old actress told the publication that her Spicer immitation also has helped many people escape the frustrating political climate, apart from going viral and almost stealing the show.
“People have stopped me, and they’re like, ‘Thank you, that was important to me,’” she said. “I’d say, ‘It’s just me doing shtick.’ And they’re like, ‘No, I needed it.’ I don’t think they’re talking about what I’m doing so much as what the show is doing, which is giving a sense of relief at a time when a lot of people feel disappointed and depressed about where we are.”
Watch her Sean Spicer impression here: