Kate McKinnon reprised her long-running role as Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, but with a Halloween, horror-movie twist.
Playing Anderson Cooper, Alex Moffatt found McKinnon’s Conway in a storm drain, echoing the opening scene of the hit horror film “It,” which adapted the Stephen King novel of the same name. In the movie, an evil and supernaturally powerful clown called Pennywise torments and attacks children in a small Maine town.
“SNL” riffed on the idea by putting Conway in the role of Pennywise, waiting in the sewer to lure in Cooper.
“Hi, it’s me, Kellyanne Conway,” McKinnon said, using Bill Skarsgård’s speech affectation from the film. “But you you can call me Kellywise the Dancing Clown.”
“What did you do to your makeup?” Moffatt’s Cooper asked, referencing Conway’s pale Pennywise-like look.
“I toned it down. Put me on TV.”
Conway offered to get on Cooper’s show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” and say crazy things for ratings.
“I’ll give you good quote. How about this: Puerto Rico actually was worse before Hurricane Maria, and the hurricane did blow some buildings back together,” Conway said. “And I don’t know why Elizabeth Warren won’t tweet about that.”
As Cooper was talking to Conway, a police officer played by Kenan Thompson called out to warn him about the danger.
“Hey, don’t talk to her. Every day she drags somebody into that sewer, down there where the doodies are,” Thompson told Moffatt’s Cooper. “Yesterday she got Rachel Maddow.”
“You’ll float too, Anderson,” Maddow, played by Cecily Strong, said as she appeared in the drain beside Conway.
But it wasn’t Conway or Maddow that tempted Cooper, it was Hillary Clinton — also played by Kate McKinnon.
“It’s me, Hillary Rodham Clinton,” she said. “Here, if you come down I will give you a copy of my book, ‘What Happened’ by me, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Go on. Take it.”
When Cooper did, Clinton became Kellywise again, bearing huge yellow fangs that she used to tear off Cooper’s arm, just like in the movie.