Melissa McCarthy hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this week and there's no doubt she's on track to becoming an SNL "Five Timer."
This was her second time as host. She first hosted in October 2011 and had her anything-goes comedy skills on display throughout this week's show. She'd probably happily say she crushed it this week, both figuratively and literally, as she stumbled across the stage in her opening monologue and kept it up with a series of laugh-out-loud performances throughout.
Kim Jong Un (Bobby Moynihan) legalized same-sex marriage in North Korea during the show's cold opening. The dictator said views changed because of a gay nephew. “I still had to have him executed, but not because he was gay," Kim said. "He executed for hosting a weekly book discussion group in his apartment."
Kim also one-upped Wilt Chamberlain when it came to sexual partners. “I’m about as heterosexual as a person can be," Kim said, claiming he'd slept with 17.5 million women. He also said his NCAA tournament bracket was perfect thus far. Kim's pal, the real-life Dennis Rodman stopped by after Kim's CSPAN speech, and managed to botch the "Live from New York, It's Saturday Night" opening. He began the show with: "Live In New York, It's Saturday Night," or something close to it.
The week's highlight was an ESPN "Outside the Lines" report about the troubles at "Middle Delaware State."
Rutgers coach Mike Rice was John Wooden in comparison to MDS women's basketball coach Sheila Kelly. The horrific treatment of the fictional Div. III school basketball team by Kelly, played brilliantly and with complete arrogance by McCarthy, included throwing a toaster at player who was "toast" after failing to play defense, throwing bricks at player who threw a brick from the free-throw line while wearing roller skates and having the players serve the coach dinner on the court.
Kelly's team was a combined a 3-81 over three seasons, frankly because she had injured most of the key players herself. Among the others who paid the price for her wrath were her assistant who blew the whistle, one of the professors teaching her students and the ESPN reporter who asked her why she was holding a basketball during their interview.
Basketball fans also learned during "Weekend Update" that Charles Barkley (a bald Kenan Thompson) had some major issues with his NCAA tournament bracket.
How bad has Barkley been doing with the bookies this year? "People thought it was bad I do all these weight watchers commercials, wait until you see Charles Barkley for Tampax."
"Wichita State? I didn't even know Wichita was a state? Did you know Wichita State didn't have no witches in it. It cost me 50 grand," Barkley said. And he's got some big plans coming up, including lots of golf. "I'd better be good, I bet $5 million on myself to win the Masters."
McCarthy showed just how funny the show can be when it is hosted by a comedian/comedienne, especially one who is arguably the funniest actress around. Just check out her opening monologue for proof:
There, McCarthy was all over the place thanks to pair of oversized heels and ended up face-down on the floor twice.
She displayed a physical comedy style that triggered memories of late SNL alum Chris Farley.
Farley roomed five doors down away from yours truly in college. And his act was no act. What you saw on SNL, and in most of his movies, was genuine. He was always getting laughs and even managed to cause some serious floor damage (which he did pay for) when things got out of hand one weekend. The book "Chris Farley - A Biography in Three Acts", written by his brother Tom, is a terrific, emotional and informative read. McCarthy and Farley share similar backgrounds, coming from large Irish Catholic families in the Midwest. (Farley from Madison, Wisc, while McCarthy grew up Plainfield, Ill., outside Chicago.) They both share a terrific ability to put themselves without fear into their work and were flat out funny almost every time they appeared on screen.
McCarthy played a desperate and slightly over-zealous country fair contestant looking to improve her presentation in a ham judging contest. You've never seen anyone present pork quite like this. Jean Carrerra's "presentation" featured Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan as a pair of pigs that danced to "Can't Touch This," “Push It” and “Get Ready for This.”
McCarthy also played a women who was applying for loan - which was ploy to help her just load up on pizza.
She was also somewhat unwilling contestant on the "The Voice." Who sang "Don't Mention My Toot-Toot" and received rave reviews and desperate pleas from each of the four team-leaders on the show.
The fact she had an alcoholic as a father and lived in a "basement with no roof" made her "pure country," according to Blake Shelton (Jason Sudeikis). The sketch got off to a rocky when Carson Daly (Killam) messed up the intro as Carson Daly. It got off plenty of shots at each of the team leaders on the show.
Thompson also brought the "Bathroom Businessman" to life.
The filmed sketch turned out to be a tongue-in-cheek promo for people not to text or use their phones when nature calls.
Not a bad idea.
The musical guest was Phoenix.
Vince Vaughn guest-hosts next week.
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