Jim Carrey Will Be 'Saturday Night Live's Joe Biden This Season

Brenda Watkins
September 18, 2020

The actor, 58, has been tapped to play 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on the upcoming season of "Saturday Night Live", which is set to premiere on October 3.

The show will reportedly start the season with five consecutive shows, and will have a limited studio audience once they return, and will work closely with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Lorne Michaels says that Carrey approached him about the role.

I have no doubt it will be amusing, given that Jim Carrey has been making us laugh for a few decades and got his start in sketch comedy on In Living Color. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and [head writer/cast member] Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. "And for me, what is most important is when you're absolutely certain of some piece on Wednesday, and then the dress-rehearsal audience sees it on Saturday and tells you you're wrong". "I think us coming back and accomplishing the show will lead to, I hate to use the word normalcy, but it's a thing that is part of our lives coming back, in whatever form it ends up coming back".

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It's interesting that Lorne wanted to feel out how Jim would go about portraying the former Veep.

Michaels also confirmed that Alec Baldwin will once again return to play President Donald Trump, Maya Rudolph will play Biden's running mate Kamala Harris, and cast member Beck Bennett will play Vice President Mike Pence. With the kind of comedy we do, which quite often is broad, timing gets thrown off without an audience. "There are four debates and then it's Halloween, and that's the weekend before the election", Michaels said. So many people had committed to doing projects in the summer, which then got moved. The show is bringing back all of its cast members from a year ago, including its semi-regulars, and adding others. The new featured castmembers include UCB alum Lauren Holt, stand-up comedian Punkie Johnson, and former SNL writer Andrew Dismukes.

The show is also going to incorporate the remote site Zoom for celebrity appearances, as it did earlier this year when Tom Hanks, Larry David and Brad Pitt appeared on it.

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