|Is Melissa McCarthy The Funniest Woman in America?
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Posted: April 8, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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Melissa McCarthy rules the big screen and the boob tube. This past weekend, she hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time, and the rave reviews are rolling in. Gothamist hailed the episode the “best” of the season so far. The Los Angeles Times raves that her performance is a “slam dunk” while Entertainment Weekly raved that Melissa “brought the heat”.
With her bright smile and game attitude, McCarthy made sketches about an abusive coach and dancing ham must watch TV. In fact, she’s memorable in anything she does. Audiences aren’t the only ones championing her talent. She’s received an Emmy for her work on the CBS comedy “Mike and Molly” and and Oscar nomination for her wildly funny turn in the film Bridesmaids.
Not bad for someone who played the charming, yet often overlooked Sookie St. James on “Gilmore Girls” for eight seasons and got her start on her cousin Jenny McCarthy’s show in the late ’90s.
Melissa, whom I called one of the funniest mothers, is currently one of the hottest names in a comedy. She joins a long lineage of funny women — Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig. Melissa matches these hilarious women in her ability to make fun of herself, yet she also possesses a genuine likeability — a warmth that very few actors or actresses have. She is relatable, yet still funny. Now is the time to ask, “Is Melissa McCarthy the funniest woman in America?
Perhaps the answer will come this summer when Melissa re-teams with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for The Heat, a buddy comedy also starring Sandra Bullock. The film comes out at the height of summer blockbuster season, opening on June 28th. Here’s the NSFW international trailer:
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