SNL #38.17 RECAP: Host Melissa McCarthy, musical guest Phoenix

In only her second time hosting Saturday Night Live, Melissa McCarthy already has established herself as one of the elites. It’s only a matter of time: Give it a few years, and she’ll be joining the “five-timers club,” too. The differences are both subtle — delivering lines with confidence, and with the knowledge of where the funny is in a scene — or explicitly in your face, throwing herself into a premise that calls for her to ham it up in a sketch about hams. In the hands of another actor, actress, athlete or celebrity famous enough to host...

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