By Win McNamee/.
It might feel like it’s been years since Sean Spicer resigned from his White House press secretary post, but it’s actually only been a few weeks. Spicey is reportedly wasting no time dreaming up his second act, though; in fact, he’s reportedly started asking around about getting onto Saturday Night Live. Sorry, Dancing with the Stars. (Spicer reportedly turned down the ABC reality competition due to his busy fall schedule. . . and because, as a source told TMZ, “he’s not a good dancer.”)
According to Us Weekly, Spicer is interested in spoofing himself on NBC’s venerable sketch show. “He is asking people about getting on—it was his idea,” says the tabloid’s source. “He asked someone he knows that is close to a cast member to help him. Yes, he criticized S.N.L. before, but he’s changed his tune. He wants to make a cameo!” (We’ve reached out to an S.N.L. representative for comment, and will update this post accordingly.)
Hmm. How do we feel about this? Obviously, Spicer wouldn’t be the first politician to go live from New York, or even the first Republican to appear on the show after being relentlessly mocked by it. (Remember when Sarah Palin appeared in 2008 after Tina Fey’s impression of her went viral?) Still, given the backlash that S.N.L. faced after Donald Trump hosted in 2015—and its recently elevated status as one of the most celebrated series on TV—we’re guessing the series might think twice this fall about allowing another controversial figure on stage.
And perhaps more importantly: is Sean Spicer even funny?
At the very least, Spicer has demonstrated more good humor about late-night’s mockery than the president has. He reportedly wanted to joke about Melissa McCarthy’s Spicer impression from his press secretary podium in February, shortly after her first appearance—but Trump allegedly wouldn’t let Spicer go through with that. And when Sean Hannity asked Spicer what he thought of McCarthy’s performance in July, the exiting press secretary was fairly measured: “I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious. But there were some skits on late night television that I did crack up at. So sometimes it can be funny, Some of the memes you have to crack up about. But sometimes it goes from funny to mean.”
As for whether Spicer himself could actually get a laugh, there’s reason to believe that he could, given the right material. During his press briefings, he occasionally slipped in a joke or two, including, “I can sense the love in the room”—and at least once, he did directly reference McCarthy’s impression by mock-threatening, “Don’t make me make the podium move.” Is Spicer the next Chevy Chase? No. But we’re also pretty sure he could do better than the president’s own lackluster S.N.L. performance—which, we’re guessing, Spicer wouldn’t mind upstaging at this point.
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