What a mess we make fun of.
Lying Long Island Rep. George Santos had his feathered boa ruffled as the butt of jokes on late-night comedy shows, leading to him getting into a Twitter spat with the champion. “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”, Trixie Mattel.
“Saturday Night Live” poked fun at the freshman Republican lawmaker in its cold open, with Bowen Yang portraying Santos as a drag queen in a red dress fetching on the sidelines of an NFL playoff game.
A day earlier, Jon Lovitz, who played “pathological liar” Tommy Flanagan on “SNL,” appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonand personified Santos down to his thick dark glasses, khakis, blue sweater, and outrageous lies.
“I have now been written into late night television history with all of these impersonations, but they are all TERRIBLE so far. Jon Lovitz is supposed to be one of the greatest comedians of all time and it was embarrassing – for him not me! These comedians need to step up their game,” Santos growls on Twitter Monday evening.
Mattel, the winner of the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” strutted to Lovitz’s defense.
“Maybe the source material was weak,” Mattel posted in response.
Santos, who has been criticized for wholesale fabrications about his work history, family background, upbringing and religious affiliation, fired back, “Obviously you know all about poor acting skills.”
Mattel then used Santos’ comments denying he was a drag queen to goad the congressman.
“I am not an actor! I was young and had fun at a festival! Mattel said, turning Santos’ response to reporters at LaGuardia Airport on Saturday against him.
“No, I wasn’t a drag queen in Brazil, guys. I was young and having fun at a festival. Sue me for a life,” Santos said in his first public comments since. that allegations have surfaced that he starred as a drag queen from Rio named “Kitara Ravache.”
Lovitz also dressed Santos for his lies.
“At last!!!” Lovitz said on Twitter. “You’re being honest about something!!!”
Shortly after, Lovitz returned to take another hit on the dithering pol.
“Thanks for the review and advice! You’re right! I need to step up my game! My pathological liar character can’t stand up to you! Loved your “Jewish” joke. One of my favorites which I do all the time!”, declared the comedian.
During his “Tonight Show” appearance, Lovitz told Fallon he was in town to receive his Nobel Peace Prize and play a few dates at Madison Square Garden.
“I’ll sing all my hit songs, ‘Piano Man’, ‘Hey, Jude’, ‘Happy Birthday’,” he joked.