On the same day that Jim Carrey announced he was done playing Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live,” the show debuted its new portrayal of the president-elect during its cold open.
On the holiday episode of “SNL” hosted by Kristen Wiig, the show began with vice president Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) getting the coronavirus vaccine on camera to reassure Americans.
“Before we begin, I just want to reassure the American people that this vaccine is completely safe and harmless,” Pence said. “That’s why President Trump refuses to take it or talk about it.”
Pence was soon joined by guest Maya Rudolph playing vice president-elect Kamala Harris, as well as Biden, played by veteran “SNL” cast member Alex Moffat.
Moffat, in character as Biden, indirectly acknowledged Carrey after Pence said Biden looked “different.”
“I’m like Col. Sanders,” Biden said. “Every time you see me, I’m a different guy. There’s a good chance that this time next year, I’m gonna be Mario Lopez.”
Earlier on Saturday, Carrey announced he was done playing Biden, making the Nov. 7 episode the final time he would appear as the president-elect.
“Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President… comedy’s highest call of duty,” Carrey wrote. “I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that s***. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!”
Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks,I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty. I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that shit. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 19, 2020
Biden was first portrayed on “SNL” by Kevin Nealon in 1991 when Biden was a senator. In recent years, he’s been played by Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson, John Mulaney, and now Moffat, who first joined “SNL” in 2016.
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