Even if you’re not a fan of physical comedy – and I’m usually
not – the brilliant Melissa McCarthy makes it hilarious and sophisticated. She
began her latest SNL hosting gig by entering on sky-high, red-sequined platform
heels, stumbling her way on stage in a routine that was also a goof on
the absurdity of actress’ shoes today.
The highlight of the night was the ham dance, as a woman
determined to win a prize for her baked ham at a fair. Her character worked up
a dance routine that was silly, hilarious and sly, with an echo of Madonna’s
“Vogue” as she pranced around with two male dancers dressed as pigs —
Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan in pink
onesies and pig’s ears, looking more like giant bunnies – and occasionally said
“Ham!” It was a laugh-out-loud
routine that evoked the best of Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett. Unfortunately,
it’s not on-line.
McCarthy is also an extraordinary actress, better than
her films (even Bridesmaids) have let us see. And here’s a video that proves
it. In a sketch that had her applying for a small-business loan to eat pizza –
her business was eating it, figuring people would pay to get rid of the
leftovers — she put on such a convincingly sad face when leaving the banker’s
office that the audience went, “Awwww.” If she can do that, she can
Here she is in a timely sketch, as a hellish basketball coach.