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Melissa McCarthy Plays an Amateur Chef in the Comedy ‘Cook-Off!’

Watch the trailer for this food-themed mockumentary

Years before she became a box office titan and an Emmy award-winning Sean Spicer impersonator, Melissa McCarthy filmed a little indie comedy called Cook-Off! about a bunch of kitchen novices who enter a culinary competition. And now, ten years after making its debut at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, this quirky little comedy is finally getting a limited theatrical release.

In the new trailer for this Christopher Guest-style mockumentary, McCarthy plays a culinary hopeful with a special yam recipe, who enters the competition alongside similarly eccentric characters, including a woman with a lady bug obsession, a dopey dude in a trucker hat, and a Broadway musical-loving duo. It looks sort of like Best in Show, but with food instead of dogs. Louie Anderson, Niecy Nash, Anthony Williams, Diedrich Bader, and McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone have cameos in the trailer. Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays the mom on The Goldbergs, co-wrote the script and plays one of the contestants, too.

Cook-Off! lands in select theaters on November 17, and it will also be available on iTunes shortly thereafter.

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