SNL Spicer sketch: “Satire Is Tragedy Plus Time”

“Saturday Night Live” hasn’t been funny lately. Its liberal politics have made the material bitter, not biting.

But this weekend’s surprise appearance by Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer was as good as any political humor I’ve ever seen on SNL.

It was funny in the way Lenny Bruce defined satire: “Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it”.

Spicer is Trump’s weakest link, two weeks into his administration. His brittle voice and shaky presence were ripe for the SNL treatment.

And, dude, they nailed you with a woman.

Don’t get me wrong, I think being Trump’s flack is a near-impossible job. I just think Trump needs a better press secretary than Spicer.

And McCarthy’s take-off couldn’t have been more scathing.

If it were my call, I think the President should pull Spicer now. He reminds me of a starting pitcher who’s already been shelled for six runs in the first one and a third innings. Make the call to the bullpen, already.

But if they keep him at the press podium, NBC should keep Melissa McCarthy’s bit going.

That was some funny stuff, whatever side you’re on.


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