Am I the only man who enjoys Melissa McCarthy?
Like most people, my introduction to Melissa McCarthy was in her breakout role as Megan in the 2011 film Bridesmaids. I was instantly drawn to her charismatic charm. Every time McCarthy was on the screen, she demanded my full attention. While most of my male friends enjoyed Bridesmaids and also enjoyed McCarthy’s performance, I probably came off as overly enthusiastic. After the film, I talked continuously about how wonderful it was to see a fresh female face in Hollywood. I took it a step further and discussed how funny, talented, and dare I say attractive McCarthy is. So when I found out she would be hosting Saturday Night Live for a second time, I was excited.
Let’s not get too crazy though. Clearly I was not excited enough to watch Saturday Night Live live. I think hardly anyone my age does that anymore. In fact, I think hardly anyone my age owns a TV anymore. I can’t recall the last time I watched SNL from start to finish. Like most people my age, my viewing of SNL is dictated by which sketches get posted and reposted on my Facebook feed the following day.
I heard some chattering from my male friends about McCarthy’s opening monologue. The majority of them hated it. They thought the monologue was gimmicky, uninteresting, and built on cheap laughs. While I can’t argue with the last point, I am a firm believer that laughs are laughs. To me, this monologue was the most interesting SNL opening I’ve seen in recent memory. I’m a big advocate of playing with form. The fact that McCarthy was able to essentially drag out this high heels bit for 5 minutes really impressed me. You can watch the opening monologue below.
What do you think? Do you find McCarthy to be as refreshing and brilliant as I do? Maybe I’m in the minority for men. Sure I could further dissect the monologue and discuss how it’s just reinforcing gender norms for women, but it’s comedy. Lighten up people.