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Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer Sketch on ‘SNL’ Was Broadcast From L.A.

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What’s the solution when you’re a sketch comedy show struggling to regain your political voice a year and a half after handing a massive platform to the demagogue who would go on to be the least popular President of the United States in several decades? If you’re Saturday Night Live (congratulations if you guessed we were talking about Saturday Night Live), you take what’s working and you RUN with it. And if what’s working is movie-star non-cast-member Melissa McCarthy‘s hilarious, stinging portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, then you accommodate that impersonation however you can.

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This past weekend, that meant broadcasting this weekend’s Spicer-as-Easter-bunny sketch live from Los Angeles instead of having McCarthy fly out to New York to perform in front of SNL‘s live studio audience. When the sketch aired, most people assumed it was a pre-tape, which wouldn’t be at all unusual for SNL, especially in the post-digital-short age. But as reported on Vulture, and as Melissa McCarthy’s Instagram shows — hashtags are proof, people! — the sketch was live … just from Los Angeles instead of New York.

Spicey gone wild!!! #LiveFromLA #FallonStylesSNL @nbcsnl

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What’s doubly interesting is that this happened in the much-ballyhooed first episode where Saturday Night Live was live coast-to-coast. It doesn’t really mean anything that while SNL was airing live in L.A., McCarthy was in some studio doing her Spicey impersonation to an empty room. What’s probably more pertinent is the idea that SNL now has Melissa McCarthy doing the show’s most popular recurring bit and Alec Baldwin, as Trump, doing the show’s most crucial recurring impersonation. If they keep going down this road, they might want to keep that empty little L.A. studio reserved for future use.

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