Thanks to two prop makers from Wyncote, comedian Melissa McCarthy was able to truly bring to life her impersonation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a hilarious and now viral SNL sketch, writes Aswin Mannepalli for Philly.com.
At the end of the clip, a visibly frustrated Spicer plows a motorized lectern directly into a crowd of reporters. The moving prop that brought delight to the audience was built by Marc Petrosino and Michael Latini of Monkey Boys Productions.
The Wyncote duo started the company that produces puppets and other related props a little over a decade ago. Since then, they have created pieces for various TV channels and work closely with the Metropolitan Opera and several Broadway productions.
The team also recently partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to present a puppet show for the hospital’s “Reach Out and Read” program.
The company’s revenue is currently around $200,000 a year, but the owners hope that the SNL gig will attract more clients. However, the pair has no plans to move from their Wyncote location.
“Our families and homes are here,” said Petrosino. “The rent is a lot less expensive here, too.”
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