A new Saturday Night Live sketch casts Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) as Pennywise from IT. Whether one loves SNL’s current brand of political humor or hates it, NBC’s venerable sketch comedy institution clearly seems to know what it’s doing. Since Donald Trump first emerged as the Republican presidential nominee, SNL has hammered the now president hard, crafting sharp-edged parodies of just about every major controversial moment as the former reality TV star rose to power. While that obviously hasn’t sat well with Trump or his supporters, it has carried SNL to some of its highest ratings ever, and lots of Emmy Award nominations.
In addition to Alec Baldwin’s widely acclaimed impression of President Trump, SNL has also impersonated the majority of Trump’s cabinet members and advisors, including people like Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, and Jeff Sessions. Another member of Trump’s inner circle to be memorably parodied on SNL is Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 election, and the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.
Like many SNL characters, the series’ version of Kellyanne Conway is portrayed by the chameleon-like Kate McKinnon, who has done impressions of such disparate celebrities as Angela Merkel, Justin Bieber, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The latest sketch to feature McKinnon’s rendition of Conway casts the Trump advisor and frequent cable news personality in the role of Pennywise the Clown from the recent Stephen King-based blockbuster IT, and has her attempt to lure CNN host Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) into the sewer. Check the sketch out in full above.
Whatever one’s opinion of Conway, arguably the most impressive aspect of the above sketch is just how well McKinnon pulls off the Pennywise voice and mannerisms. She even manages to bust out a spot-on version of Pennywise’s famous dance from near the end of the film. Adding to the fun is Pennywise’s shape-shifting abilities being put to good use, with McKinnon briefly transforming into another of her best known impressions, that being Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton.
Also worth noting is that while the “Kelly-wise” sketch does its best to get laughs – as any SNL sketch should logically do – McKinnon’s cross of Conway and Pennywise succeeds in being genuinely creepy at times as well, making it likely that horror fans will enjoy the sketch as well. While SNL’s IT parody is unlikely to win over anyone who already takes issue with the show’s anti-Trump stances, those who usually enjoy McKinnon’s work will find a lot to love.
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