SNL's Melissa McCarthy Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Melissa McCarthy showcased her trademark physical comedy skills. Peter Dinklage and Dennis Rodman made cameos.
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Second-time host Melissa McCarthy showcased her trademark physical comedy skills and an array of eccentric, loose-cannon characters, in a strong episode with mostly solid material. Dennis Rodman and Peter Dinklage made cameos. Musical guest Phoenix performed "Entertainment" and "Trying To Be Cool/Drakkar Noir."

Some highlights...

ESPN's Outside the Lines finds a coach even more menacing than Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice: taser-wielding, toaster-throwing, golf-cart driving Division III women's basketball coach Sheila Kelly (Melissa McCarthy) of Middle Delaware State.

Voice coaches Adam Levine (Bill Hader), Shakira (Kate McKinnon), Usher (Jay Pharoah), and Blake Shelton (Jason Sudeikis) vie to attract hole-dwelling, professional trailer hitch-detacher Melissa McCarthy to their teams.

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) is joined by brother-in-law "Peter Drunklage" (Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage) as he drops by Weekend Update to discuss tax season.

Pizza lover Barb (Melissa McCarthy) tries for a loan to set up a pizza-eating business.

Charles Barkley (Kenan Thompson) drops by Weekend Update to discuss the NCAA tournament. ("I didn't even know Wichita was a state"...)

Also: Bathroom Businessman—a public service announcement for decency; Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon offer '90s dating tips; Bar Mitzvah Boy Jacob (Vanessa Bayer) drops by Weekend Update to explain the story of Passover and poke fun at his parents, brother, and cat, David Ben-Purrion; and (not currently online) Ham Bake-off contestant Jean Carrera (Melissa McCarthy) turns to song, dance, and the music of Salt-N-Peppa to earn presentation points.

NEXT, on April 13: Vince Vaughn with musical guest Miguel.

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