Melissa McCarthy Kills on 'SNL' [Video]
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG
October 02, 2011
Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy had a tough act to follow when she hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend for the first time, one week after Alec Baldwin, but the actress showed no sign of jitters as she outperformed the veteran SNL host.
Melissa's episode of the NBC sketch show received a rating four percent higher than last week's premiere. Alec Baldwin kicked off the new season with his record breaking 16th time hosting the show.
During the opening monologue, Melissa admitted that she was "beyond thrilled" to be hosting the legendary comedy program, and it seemed that the audience was just as pleased to have her.
The live crowd whistled and cheered as Melissa teamed up with her Bridesmaids co-star and fellow Groundlings alumna, Kristen Wiig, in a "professional" dance number.
Ben Stiller will host SNL next on October 8. Watch the clip for Melissa's entire opening monologue.