Oh, Kellyanne Conway…we’ve missed you! On Saturday Night Live, anyway. SNL floated into IT spoof territory this week with their most Halloween sketch of the night. Poor Anderson Cooper is sleep-deprived and on his way home, only to be lured to a conversation in the sewer (has there ever been a truer metaphor) with Kellywise the Dancing Clown, aka Kellyanne Conway.
She wants Anderson to give her airtime to say such invented things as “Puerto Rico actually was worse before Hurricane Maria, and the hurricane actually did blow some buildings back together and I don’t know why Elizabeth Warren won’t tweet about that.”
Anderson isn’t falling for it, though. Try as she might, Kellyanne can’t lure Anderson down with her. She captured Rachel Maddow? Anderson won’t bite. She shows him his greatest fear, and...
...terrifying, but still no. Anderson is only lured to reach into the sewer when Kellyanne offers up Hillary Clinton and her book, trapped in the sewer. The metaphor just keeps on coming!
This sketch is a great bookend to the Kellyanne "Fatal Attraction” sketch they did last year - the one with Jake Tapper and Kellyanne being banned from his show - but not taking “no” for an answer.
I, for one, am very into this trend of callback pre-taped segments. It’s not a recurring character situation, per se, but it still has that feel of familiarity without beating any dead horses. I’d be eager to see SNL lean into this idea and create more of these serialized sketch series, similar to this and last week’s newest chapter of Chad the Pool Boy. Kate McKInnon deserves some kind of special comedic commendation for somehow hybridizing a spot on Pennywise voice with a spot on Kellyanne Conway voice, as well. My sleep cycle is saying no, but my funny bone is saying yes, to more Kellyanne SNL terror.
What did you guys think? Will Kellywise haunt your dreams?