Saturday Night Live is live tonight and we’re expecting a gigantic episode. Melissa McCarthy is hosting, and she’s back for the fifth time hosting the show. As every SNL fan knows, this is a milestone for a celebrity, because they get to become a member of the prestigious Five Timers Club. Yes, it’s a made up accolade, and yes, it’s a parody of fake achievements, but goddammit, it’s an impressive achievement, and it’s fun to join the fake bullshit SNL elite. When Melissa hosted in 2016, her monologue included a giant celebration of her entry into the SNL Hall of Fame, only to be told she had not yet hosted five times, leading to comedic disappointment of big proportions.
Melissa first hosted on October 1, 2011, appearing again to host in 2013 and 2014. McCarthy made an appearance on the 2015 SNL 40th Anniversary celebration last February, appearing as Matt Foley, motivational speaker in a tribute to Chris Farley, and last spring she hosted to promote the Ghostbusters reboot.
The Five Timers Club started in 1990 when Steve Martin, Paul Simon, and Elliott Gould joined Tom Hanks on stage the night he hosted for the fifth time. Over the years, others have joined, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Alec Baldwin, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Drew Barrymore, Candice Bergen, Danny DeVito, Ben Affleck, Chevy Chase, and Buck Henry.
Will she celebrate again this year? Or will the milestone go unrecognized amid all the excitement over the return of her hit impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer? It’s been a big week for Spicy, and Melissa’s Spicer character seems to be even more popular right now than Alec Baldwin’s Trump portrayal. The cherry on this sundae comes from Spicer’s latest newsworthy behavior- he was caught hiding in the bushes to avoid the press earlier this week. McCarthy was spotted around town in character earlier this week, and photos and videos went viral across the internet.
Spicer returns! pic.twitter.com/gvNQGOjHsK
— Elana Zak (@elanazak) May 12, 2017
Expect great things tonight from McCarthy.
This week’s promo videos include a montage of McCarthy’s greatest moments, a song and dance number- more dance than song showing Melissa’s transformation into Sean Spicer, and a traditional promo piece with musical guest Haim.