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Plainfield's Melissa McCarthy shows love, lampoons her hometown on 'Late Show'

McCarthy appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' last week

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon 2018, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at Caesars Palace on April 24 in Las Vegas.
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon 2018, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at Caesars Palace on April 24 in Las Vegas.

Comedian and Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last week to promote her new comedy film, “Life of the Party.”

During her stop, McCarthy and Colbert lampooned Plainfield and the greater Will County area as part of Colbert’s reoccurring “Community Calendar” segment.

After teasing Plainfield for the numerous businesses, Victorian-themed events and ribbon cuttings, Colbert hoped to see a ribbon cutting for “Plainfield’s desperately needed Ribbon and Giant Scissor Factory.”

Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins’ “Coffee with the Mayor” was the butt of the two comedians’ jokes, with McCarthy hoping the monthly meeting would “go smoother than ‘Tequila Shots with the Sanitation Department.’ ”

Collins said he had no comment on the comedian’s schtick.

Minooka native Nick Offerman also made an appearance on the “Late Show” in 2016 to ask, “What’s happening with the repairs from last June’s hail storm?”

McCarthy’s appearance was the second time within a week she mocked her hometown. McCarthy appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast and spoke about her Catholic upbringing and being pulled over in a station wagon “full of drunk 16-year-olds.”

“The cops pulled us over, did the light thing and talked to the driver, who was sober,” McCarthy said. “He went back and looked in the back seat, and there’s seven girls rattling around with, like, 800 beers, and just said, ‘Have a good night.’”

McCarthy, whose parents still live in Plainfield, graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy, known then as St. Francis Academy, in 1988.

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