Melissa McCarthy
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On The Day Productions


Principal / Actress / Producer / Writer

Melissa McCarthy broke all the rules en route to becoming Hollywood’s most bankable comic star, a tour de force who went from scene-stealing supporting actress to A-list celebrity. While the conventional wisdom holds that audiences won’t turn out for female-driven comedies, McCarthy continues to land hit after hit, with Forbes naming her the world’s second-highest paid actress in 2016.

McCarthy has thrived in the male-dominated world of comedy, while turning the film industry’s image-obsessed culture on its head. Proudly plus-sized and an outspoken critic of Hollywood body-shaming, McCarthy boasts a gift for physical comedy all but unmatched by her peers. Despite the underwhelming performance of 2016’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, McCarthy’s hefty eight-figure upfront proved that studios are willing to pay for her growing star power.

But it was actually on TV that McCarthy made her biggest splash in 2017, with recurring appearances on “Saturday Night Live” playing short-lived White House spokesman Sean Spicer. The side-splitting role earned her an Emmy nomination.

Born in Plainfield, IL, McCarthy began her career as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles before gaining recognition on the WB’s “Gilmore Girls,” and the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly,” for which she won an Emmy. She burst onto the big screen in 2011 with her Oscar-nominated performance in director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” a successful collaboration the pair returned to in box-office hits like “The Heat” and “Spy.” In 2014 McCarthy co-wrote and produced her first feature, “Tammy,” which was directed by husband Ben Falcone.


  • SPY


  • Southern Illinois University–Carbondale (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Women's Impact

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Elizabeth Banks Joins Melissa McCarthy in 'Happytime Murders'

Elizabeth Banks Joins Melissa McCarthy in 'Happytime Murders'

Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy "The Happytime Murders," which began filming this week in Los Angeles.STXfilms' "The Happytime Murders" is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former cast of "The Happytime Gang," a classic puppet show. Brian Henson is directing.The production companies are Henson Alternative, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. McCarthy is...


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