Sean Spicer is angling for a TV comeback—but not like this. As seen on Full Frontal Wednesday, Samantha Bee and her merry band of correspondents have devoted themselves to trolling Spicer throughout his book tour, where Spicer has been hawking The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President. Needless to say, Spicer himself did not seem to appreciate the bit, especially as it grew more ludicrous.
First, Allana Harkin crashed his New York stop to ask Spicer, “How do you feel about profiting off of lying to the American public?” As one might expect, Harkin did not get a particularly satisfying answer. Then the show followed Spicer to another stop in his hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island. This time, producer and correspondent Michael Rubens—whom the show jokingly posited could be mistaken for Stephen Miller—asked if Spicer had “any advice for the young people who want to make a profit from corroding the truth.” Again, he did not receive an answer.
Next up? Ashley Nicole Black, who reluctantly posed as a Trump supporter to ask Spicer if its weird to watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders do his old job of “tricking the press.” And finally came the pièce de résistance, in which the show dressed two people in a unicorn-riding-a-unicorn costume and sent them to Spicers country club event. Unfortunately, they werent permitted inside.
From the beginning of his tenure at the White House, Spicer became a punching bag for comedians—from late night all the way up to Saturday Night Live, which saw tremendous success with Melissa McCarthys furious impression of him. At last years Emmys, Spicer—having resigned from his post months earlier—made a surprise appearance that proved controversial. Now, though, Spicer appears to have successfully parlayed his tenure into some successful media ventures; in addition to his book, hes got a podcast, and if he gets his way, hell soon have a second act on television, the very medium that had so much fun lampooning him in the first place.
Spicers proposed program would be a talk show titled Sean Spicers Common Ground, in which Spicer would host “some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.” Per the pitch sheet, “The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage. They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.” Perhaps next, someone could ask Spicers thoughts on his former bosss own opinions about basketball players.
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