It looks like Pennywise isn't the only frightening creature luring people into the sewer. Stephen King might be the master of horror, but when it comes to politics, many will argue that the Trump administration is more frightening than the author's child-eating clown. The Kellyanne Conway 'It' skit on SNL — debuting right in time for Halloween — further proves that no one wants to float.
The skit opens with Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) leaving the CNN studio on a torrential day while wearing his yellow raincoat. He bears a striking resemblance to the beloved Georgie, the youngster who wanders the suburban streets of Derry, Maine, with his paper boat and encounters the terrifying Pennywise firsthand. When Cooper's newspaper goes flying out of his hands — and makes a beeline straight for the sewer — viewers knew they were in for something scary.
They just didn't know how scary it would be. Pennywise emerged — rather, Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) as Kellywise the Dancing Clown — spewing horrifically frightening quotes that most definitely qualify as fake news. Her blood-red lips were accompanied with red streaks running down her eyes. "What did you do to your makeup," Cooper asked. That's when Kellywise revealed she decided to "tone it down." In her spookiest take on King's infamous character, Kellywise begged her favorite journalist for a spot on TV.
So who is more frightening: Kellywise or Pennywise? It's certainly a tough call.
Pennywise lures Georgie into his sharp, spiked mouth by teasing him with cotton candy, pop corn, and red balloons. Kellywise, however, brought some friends and their new book releases down "where the doodies are" to get the best out of Cooper. Did people expect to catch Hillary Clinton (played by McKinnon) in Michigan or Wisconsin before the sewer? "Clinton" offered a free copy of her new best seller to Cooper, but can he really trust her?
Don't take that copy of What Happened, Anderson. You're making a big mistake.
Naturally, this wasn't SNL's only mention of politics. The Oct. 14 host, comedian Kumail Nanjiani, starred in a skit where Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) continually phoned him at the hotline center where he worked. "Over the next few months I became her confidant, dream journal, and one true friend," Nanjiani said. Melania discussed her stance on bullying with her favorite hotline rep and even warned Nanjiani, "careful what you wish for." It was definitely emotional and intense for sure.
Have a look at the Melania Trump "Customer Service" sketch.
Though there were plenty of laughs and political references — of course — SNL also decided to tackle a serious issue. After coming under fire for ignoring the Harvey Weinstein allegations during the Oct. 7 episode, according to NPR, the late-night comedy show addressed the turmoil during "Weekend Update."
Colin Jost went in for the kill pretty quickly.
"Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab. Somehow, I don't think that's going to help anybody," Jost said. "He doesn't need sex rehab, he needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars... and it's a prison."
Michael Che, who had acknowledged that it's difficult to turn this situation into something comedic, still took a jab at the Hollywood exec and his appearance... and compared the numerous allegations against Weinstein to a season of Law & Order.
Here's the full skit of Che and Jost's latest "Weekend Update."
It was definitely a busy night on everyone's favorite late-night comedy show, and there were certainly a lot of topics to tackle, though some were seemingly easier to make fun of than others. Let's all stay safe and avoid the sewers from here on out.