When Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary many were sad to see him go because it meant that Melissa McCarthy would no longer play him on Saturday Night Live. Thankfully the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has provided more than enough fodder for comics in just his first week on the job.
Alec Baldwin has played Donald Trump, Laura Benanti impersonated Melania, and now that McCarthy is (for now) finished playing Spicer—who would play the loud, brash newest member of Trump’s team?
It turns out that out actor Mario Cantone, who played the loud, opinionated (read: rude) gay BFF Anthony on Sex and the City for six seasons, was the perfect person to step into the role and he made his debut on The President Show last night on Comedy Central.
On last night’s episode Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) opened the show by greeting viewers from the White House briefing room and then introducing Scaramucci.
“I’d like to introduce you to my favorite new team member who I will eventually betray, Anthony Scaramucci,” Trump told the audience as Cantone entered.
“I’m going to fire so many people. I don’t know who it’s going to be, Reince, but I’m going to get to the bottom of the leaks in the White House. Do you hear me, Reince?” Cantone said in his exaggerated portrayal.
Cantone’s Scaramucci popped up again later in the episode in a skit with Trump and Mike Pence (Peter Grosz).
Cantone has occasionally filled in as a co-host on The View and this morning he returned to the chat fest as a guest to talk about his new role and how a tweet calling out his resemblance to Scaramucci helped him land the job.
“I was like, ‘Yes, we gotta strike while the iron’s hot! This son of bitch might be gone by October,’” Cantone said on the show. “I haven’t been this viral since the chicken pox at 12 years old, so I can’t believe this.”
Hopefully Lorne Michaels was watching The President Show last night and got some casting ideas for when Saturday Night Live returns this fall.
The President Show airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central.