10:32pm PT by Lauren Huff
'SNL' Turns Kellyanne Conway Into 'It' Clown During Kumail Nanjiani-Hosted Episode
In typical fashion, NBC's Saturday Night Live poked fun at a little bit of everything this week.
In one of the night's biggest highlights, demonic Pennywise the Clown from the horror hit It took the form of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and made an appearance to terrorize Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat), who goes outside after taping a segment during a digital short. After Cooper follows a piece of paper to a gutter, Conway (played once again by Kate McKinnon) appears. "You can call me Kellywise, Kellywise the Dancing Clown," she tells him.
When Cooper says he must go, Conway stops him. "Don't go! I'll give you a quote, a crazy quote," she taunts. "How about this? Okay, so Puerto Rico was actually worse before Hurricane Maria and the hurricane actually did blow some things back together," she tells him. (President Donald Trump had lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles.)
When Cooper tells her he doesn't want her to continue, she gives him another "crazy" quote, this time referring to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron." Conway continued, "Okay, so Tillerson did not call the president a moron. They were sharing a sundae and the president asked if he wanted more sprinkles and the secretary said, 'More on.'"
McKinnon also reprised her role as Hillary Clinton to further terrorize Cooper, encouraging him to join her in the sewer so she can give him a copy of her book.
On his SNL hosting debut, Kumail Nanjiani opened the show with a political monologue.
The Big Sick writer and star, who frequently uses his Twitter account to speak out on various political issues and to call out Trump, referenced his film, which tells the true story of how he met and fell in love with his wife, who he says is "a white, American person."
Nanjiani explained that some of the reception to his film was not kind, relating that some people complained of what they saw as "race mixing" between the couple.
"First of all, nobody good ever uses the phrase 'race mixing,'" Nanjiani said. "Even if someone said they were pro-race mixing, I would be, like, 'Why are you talking like that?' Are you an undercover KKK dragon?"
He went on to say that some Twitter mentions of him after the movie's release were also less than complimentary, with some people telling him to "go back to India" — despite the fact he's Pakistani and has never been to India. "Are you hoping I am going to take a nice vacation soon?" he wondered. "Here's my fantasy: My fantasy is when someone is racist to me, I want an injury to befall them immediately. And then I want to rescue them, just to see the confused look on their face."
Nanjiani also equated Islamophobia, which he says is on the rise, to NBC's revival of Will & Grace: "It was huge a while ago and then we thought it was gone and done, and now it's back and bigger than ever, Thursdays on NBC."
Later in the show, during the "Weekend Update" segment, Ivana Trump (played by castmember Cecily Strong) also appeared to explain her statements earlier in the week that she was "the first lady."
The Ivana character explained that she was the first lady, instead of Trump's current wife Melania, because she was married to him first. Reading a bit from her new book, she detailed what being married to the president was like. "He was never around, I had to do everything! No, it's not bad, he's business man, so he's doing business away from the family, so I raise them myself," she explained.
"Aren't you afraid you might be pushing some buttons with this book?" asked host Colin Jost. "No, look at my nails! I cannot push buttons with these nails!" Ivana jokes.
The episode opened with Alec Baldwin's Trump impersonation and relied mainly on "Weekend Update" to tackle the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
Larry David has been tapped to host the next new show, slated for Nov. 4, with musical guest Miley Cyrus.