The parody comes on the eve of Conway’s latest televised lie.
It’s possible that those not especially devoted to the musical Chicago may have skipped past last night’s pre-taped Saturday Night Live homage, starring Kate McKinnon as Donald Trump adviser and spokesperson Kellyanne Conway. But the pitch-perfect parody of Reneé Zellwegger’s 2002 performance of “Roxie” aside, this little number cleverly reveals how the show’s impression of Conway has changed dramatically over time.
Last October, when McKinnon first introduced her impression of Conway, the character was a beleaguered mom just hoping to get a moment of free time before being dragged back on TV to defend another wacky thing said by then-candidate Trump.
McKinnon’s Conway cropped up again a few times since, in sketches like “Melanianade” and the Christmas cold open devoted to Trump. In all of those depictions, she’s a long-suffering, unwilling participant in the Trump circus—a woman filled with regret for her role in getting him elected.
But as the stakes on Conway’s double talk have increased post-inauguration, S.N.L.’s attitude towards Conway has also taken a sharp turn. (Maybe that flashy Inauguration Day coat tipped them off to the fact that she seems to be enjoying her new seat of power enormously.) Hot on the heels of Samantha Bee calling Conway “the soulless Machiavellian despot America deserves,” S.N.L. delivered this musical ode to Conway’s attention-seeking ways. “And I’ll appear in a sleeveless dress on any show they’ll let me do,” McKinnon croons. “Meet the Press, Anderson, Hannity, Fox and Friends. . .” the chorus lists as McKinnon concludes, “. . .and if they call I’ll do The Chew.”
The timing of S.N.L.’s scorching Conway take couldn’t be better. The Sunday morning after McKinnon shimmied her way across the screen belting “who says that lying’s not an aaaaart?” Conway appeared on Meet the Press to coin the phrase “alternative facts” as an explanation for Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s shameless lies. She may not have done it in a spangly dress, but the real-life Conway proved once again that she can spin the truth with troubling style.