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Sunday 1 February 2015

Melissa McCarthy praised for heels sketch

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is "a genius" for her comedy sketch that poked fun at women who struggle to walk in heels.

The actress opened her second Saturday Night Live hosting gig with a comedy sketch in which she wore towering Brian Atwood shoes.

The star teetered and eventually tumbled from her six-inch sparkly red Alesha high heels.

Brian was in the audience to watch the sketch, and joked that rather than putting women off his shoes, Melissa's act was good publicity.

“Walking in heels is an art and we all poke fun at that,” Brian laughed to WWD. “Melissa took it to another level, and that's what makes her a genius. You can't ask for better press!”

Brian has been good friends with Melissa since they attended high school together.

He said Melissa had pitched the idea to the SNL team early last week, but he didn't know whether it was going to happen until Saturday afternoon.

“They called for shoes on Friday, and there I was seeing the hilarious skit the next day,” Brian explained. “I was laughing so loud that friends watching at home said they could hear me.”

In the monologue that opened the live show from New York, Melissa blamed her stumble on the fact she's not used to wearing such glamorous footwear.

“I should have tried these on,” Melissa said before grabbing a chair to balance herself and then toppling face-first on stage.

“They told me, ‘Make sure you practice in your shoes.’ I said, ‘What, I live in heels! That was not honest.’ I'm primarily in a Croc. I cannot feel anything from my arch to my toe.”

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