Kathy Griffin is using irony to inch her way back into the spotlight.
In a preview clip for Comedy Central’s Tuesday night “The President Show Make America Great-a-Thon” special, the comedian plays senior White House correspondent Kellyanne Conway, who is praised by “President Trump” (Anthony Atamanuik) for having “absolutely no conscience.”
The entertainment industry felt a similar way toward Griffin last May, after her controversial photo shoot with a prop of President Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head. Despite saying that she was only “mocking” the president, Griffin was condemned by both sides of the political spectrum, Trump, and most of social media. This is her first public acting appearance since then.
Now, smiling and “happily” defending the “some of the worst people in history,” Griffin’s Conway is all blonde hair and shifty, reptilian eyes. When asked to defend former stockbroker Bernie Madoff, she pulls the perfect non-sequitur:
“I find it interesting that the media used the words ‘pyramid scheme’,” she says, mocking Conway’s mannerisms in a twitchy, slightly manic fashion. “Frankly, that’s anti-Semitic.”
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She goes on to say that using the term trivializes the “terrible suffering of Jewish people at the time of the Pharoah.” As always, Trump is impressed by her ability to spin a story.
And in the case of Griffin, this special looks like it might put a new spin on her career.
Check out the clip below:
“The President Show Make America Great-a-Thon” special will air Tuesday, April 3 at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.