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Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer impersonation gets even more cartoonish on SNL


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Slimer, Pikachu and Jake from Adventure Time cameoed in Melissa McCarthy's reprisal of her Saturday Night Live role as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and I really can't believe those words combine to form a factual and complete sentence.

All of the gags McCarthy has used to skewer Spicer since February are back on display: assaulting lying reporters with chemicals; mistakenly reading off his own personal information; chewing gum (verb and compound noun); Glenn Thrush of The New York Times, the fedora of Glenn Thrush of The New York Times. You get the idea.

If you saw the tweets earlier this week about McCarthy/Spicer riding a White House lectern down Broadway, that's in here too.

But the pivotal moment is when McCarthy whips out some nesting dolls to explain how the Trump administration could botch the dismissal of someone even liberals wanted fired. That's when our friends from cartoons and video games show up.

Since McCarthy’s debut as the character back in February, Spicer has emerged as one of SNL's most reliable crowd-pleasers and great political impersonations, joining (in no particular order): Dana Carvey's Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush; Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton; Tina Fey's Sarah Palin; Will Ferrell's George W. Bush; Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton; (hon. mention to Amy Poehler) and Al Gore as a dead ringer for Al Gore on What Up With That.

Oh wait, we forgot Alec Baldwin's turn as the poochy-lipped, OK-fingered, word salad-tosser himself. Well, guess who shows up at the end.

There are 1,347 shopping days left in Trump's term. Of course, North Korea tested another missile today, so that's assuming it's not gonna be all caps and Deathclaws by then.

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