Lorne Michaels might want to get Mario Cantone on the phone, like now. Anthony Scaramucci—who has emerged as an unlikely face of Trump’s administration—is likely to figure heavily on Saturday Night Live’s next season, especially if he gives more interviews like the completely deranged one he gave The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza on Thursday. That means Michaels will need to cast someone to play Mooch. And based on Thursday’s episode of The President Show, his search should begin and end with Cantone.
The Broadway funnyman, best known for his stint as Anthony on Sex and the City, joined Anthony Atamanuik’s spot-on President Trump to mock Scaramucci’s now infamous interview, where among other things, he called Reince Preibus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and accused Steve Bannon of trying to give himself fellatio.
“I’m gonna fire so many people,” Cantone said. “I don’t know who it’s gonna be, Reince, but I’m gonna get to the bottom of the leaks in the White House. Do you hear me, Reince? There’s an old Italian expression my mother used to use when somebody hurt her. She’d say, ‘Stick the umbrella up my a— but don’t open it.’”
Cantone then mocked the way Scaramucci is prone to describing Trump as being some kind of athletic demigod when in reality he’s anything but. “This guy is phenomenal,” he said. “I’ve seen him at Madison Square Garden in a top coat, hitting foul shots. Swish, swish, it swished. I’ve also seen him eat a live raccoon, bones and all, and [shit] out a Siamese house cat.”
When Sean Spicer resigned from his job as White House press secretary, a lot of us needed consoling. Not because we were going to miss Spicer’s antics at the podium, but because we were never going to see Melissa McCarthy’s madcap take on the Spiceman ever again. Thankfully Cantone’s brilliant Mooch impression is here to fill the Melissa McCarthy-shaped hole in our lives.