September 11, 2017 / 1:30 AM / a month ago

Spicey skits bring an Emmy for Melissa McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy on Sunday for her spoofs of former White House spokesman Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” in television sketches that went viral

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses for photographers on the red carpet as she arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

With slicked back hair and wearing ill-fitting suits, McCarthy played Spicer, whom she dubbed Spicey, as an enraged man who attacks the media, craves the praise of his boss, and rides a motorized speaker’s podium.

McCarthy on Sunday was named best guest actress in a comedy series for her impressions. The star of “Bridesmaids” and “Mike & Molly” was not at the ceremony in Los Angeles to accept the award.

Spicer quit his post as White House communications director in July after six months of stormy encounters with the media that, along with McCarthy’s sketches, turned him into a figure of ridicule.

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” went into television’s Emmy awards this year with 22 nominations, reflecting the renewed popularity of the satirical sketch show and its most-watched season in 23 years.

Alec Baldwin also is in the running next week for an Emmy for his impressions of U.S. President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” while the show’s Kate McKinnon has been nominated for her roles as losing Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and Trump White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

On Sunday, “Saturday Night Live” also picked up an Emmy for comedian Dave Chapelle’s stint as guest actor and host.

“Saturday Night Live” is broadcast on NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O).

Awards for the major Emmy categories, including best TV comedy and drama series, will be handed out on Sept.17 in a televised ceremony hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler

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