October 3rd, 2011
11:03 AM ET
Could Linda be the new Pete Schweddy?
One week after Alec Baldwin made “Saturday Night Live” history – having hosted the program 16 times – Melissa McCarthy made her debut on the long-running sketch comedy show.
The Emmy-winning actress, who sported a perm and Spock sweatshirt as ranch dressing-lover Linda, has been praised for her no-holds-barred performance.
Even musical guest Lady Antebellum, who made their “SNL” debut with McCarthy, tweeted: “The ranch dressing and office skit will go down in ‘SNL’ history. Melissa McCarthy was genius.”
In the office skit, the 41-year-old actress played a more exaggerated version of her unabashed “Bridesmaids” character. Arlene, an office worker who sexually assaults her coworker (Jason Sudeikis) - and a balloon horse - definitely won over viewers.
“Bridesmaids” producer Judd Apatow tweeted: “I think Melissa McCarthy in the office with the balloons on ‘SNL’ made me laugh harder than anything this year or decade."
Fellow comedic actress Christina Applegate also had kind words for the first-time host: “Melissa McCarthy was pure bliss hosting SNL last night. Way to go lady!!”
And Entertainment Weekly agreed: “McCarthy’s absence during the Rock sketch, Lady Antebellum, and Weekend Update was felt, wasn’t it?”
So what’s next for one of the busiest actresses in showbiz?
In addition to co-writing and co-executive producing a multi-camera comedy for CBS, she and “Bridesmaids” co-writer Annie Mumolo sold a script to Paramount, and she’s been cast opposite Jason Bateman in “ID Theft.”
But there’s more:
McCarthy is also working on a retail line for plus-size women.
“Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle.”
The actress, who studied clothing and textiles at Southern Illinois University, according to THR, designed her Emmy dress with dressmaker Daniella Pearl.
"I drew up some different things, I had some old tear sheets from some vintage stuff that I love," McCarthy told CNN on Emmys night of her purple gown. "I worked with a vintage dressmaker and came up with this. It’s pretty much what I drew out and I love it."
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