March 30, 2018 at 11:11 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Kathy Griffin to play Kellyanne Conway in Comedy Central special

Kathy Griffin on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Kathy Griffin has been cast as Trump’s aid Kellyanne Conway on Comedy Central’s “Make America Great-A-Thon: A President Show Special.”

“President Trump, played by creator/executive producer Anthony Atamanuik, is hosting a telethon to raise money for all of the projects he can’t get anyone in Congress to fund — like the wall and infrastructure (plus these mouthy porn stars aren’t going to pay themselves off!),” Comedy Central said in a press release. “Along with his sidekick, Vice President Mike Pence, played by executive producer Peter Grosz, Trump takes to the Oval Office to raise funds via a good old-fashioned telethon.”

This will be Griffin’s first television role since she faced backlash for her controversial photo posing with a fake prop of Trump’s head.

Griffin told the New York Times why it makes sense for her to dive back into political humor.

“I think it’s important to lean into the controversy, because I know so much more about it now,” Griffin says. “I think now enough time has passed where people are starting to see the ridiculousness of what happened to me, and they’re seeing other people that Trump has done it to.”

The comedian has recently made a career comeback with a multi-city tour in the U.S. and Canada in the works.

“Make America Great-A-Thon: A President Show Special” airs on Tuesday at 11 p.m.

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