Comedian Melissa McCarthy’s previous impersonation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live generated a lively buzz online, taking advantage of the ongoing political turmoil to increase viewership and ratings.
Earlier she shared the story behind the role on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“‘SNL’ called and Kent Sublette, one of our old friends from the Groundlings, who is one of the head writers there now, called and he goes, ‘I hear you’re in New York. Do you have any interest in coming in and doing Spicer for us?’” McCarthy recalled. “I was like ‘What?!’”
With the practiced ease of having coaxed stories out of guests and laughter out of audiences in similar manners, Ellen DeGeneres then pulled up side-by-side photos of McCarthy and real-life Sean Spicer.
“My dad and Sean Spicer had a baby and it’s me,” McCarthy had laughed. DeGeneres then jokingly asked McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, if he found the impersonation to be “sexy”.
“I guess I’m into Sean Spicer,” the also comedian replied wittily.
You can watch the full interview on EllenTube below.