2011 was a huge year for new starlet, Melissa McCarthy. Since joining the “Mike and Molly” cast last winter, she has graced the cover of major magazines, hosted “Saturday Night Live” and picked up some big movie roles. Oh, and let’s not forget the little Emmy she won for her role in “Mike and Molly.” The Chicago-area native can now add the title “Popstar of the Year” to her growing resume.
Chicago’s RedEye named the Plainfield star “Popstar of the Year” because of her major work this year, perhaps most notably her role in this year’s “Bridesmaids.” The film not only put McCarthy on the map, but it opened the door for funny, vulgar female humor. This is something that transfers to every project McCarthy touches.
“Mike and Molly” is one of the most edgy comedies on CBS at the moment. Sure, “Two and a Half Men,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Big Bang Theory” are the top comedies on the station and push the boundaries, but nothing like the teacher-police officer duo no Monday nights. It’s shocking to see a show that is so open to vulgarity and drug use on the network. It’s something more expectant of cable networks or NBC.
This year one of the biggest roles for McCarthy was a guest hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live,” alongside “Bridesmaids” co-star Kristen Wiigg. The entire show was one of the funniest of the season, especially with the skit about sexual harassment in the office with Jason Sudeikis. Critics say this skit will go down in SNL history, alongside the skit about Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.
Congrats to McCarthy for the recognition, and a shout out to the RedEye for recognizing her talent!