Saturday Night Live has found its new Joe Biden, after the Democratic presidential candidate was played by three different people during the 45th season.
NBC’s long-running sketch comedy tapped Jim Carrey to play the former US Vice President, who wants to bring “ energy and power ” to his performance.
“Jim Carrey is going to do Biden,” revealed Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels in an interview with Vulture of the casting, 48 days before the election on November 3.
Saturday Night Live has chosen Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden, after the Democratic presidential candidate was played by three different people during SNL’s 45th season.
The Emmy Award-winning producer, 75, noted that the 58-year-old comedian first took an interest in the role and joked ‘hopefully’ that his performance would be ‘funny’.
There was some interest on his part. And then we responded clearly positively. But it boiled down to discussions of what was intended, ”he added.
“ I’m so angry about this, I was sure they would get Sudeikis back, ” noted Jon Favreau, former Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter (Jason Sudeikis, seen on far right)
Michaels also confirmed that Alec Baldwin will return as President Donald Trump, Maya Rudolph will play Kamala Harris, and cast member Beck Bennett will play Vice President Mike Pence.
Carrey replaces Woody Harrelson, who played Biden last season, and Jason Sudeikis, who held the role of politician throughout the Obama administration.
The political realignment disappointed some fans, who flocked to Twitter to voice their opinions.
“I’m so angry about this, I was sure they would get Sudeikis back,” noted Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for Barack Obama.
Bittersweet news: Carrey replaces Woody Harrelson, who played Biden last season, and Jason Sudeikis, who held the role of politician in the entire Obama administration
The announcement comes after it was revealed earlier this week that SNL would not have a studio audience in attendance when cameras turn its 46th season next month.
Production insiders told TMZ that the show will go on indefinitely with no studio audience present amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Insiders told the outlet that officials of the NBC comedy stalwart are looking for possible New York City and New Jersey filming locations that could provide more room for social distance precautions than Studio 8H’s home base at Rockefeller Center.
The show will also include external site Zoom for celebrity appearances, such as earlier this year when Tom Hanks, Larry David and Brad Pitt appeared on it.
This is the season: the upcoming presidential election is expected to be a regular topic
Making Adjustments: Saturday Night Live won’t have a studio audience when the cameras turn on season 46 next month
A scaled down production crew will be on hand to work on the series, sources told the outlet.
The famed variety show initially ceased production at Studio 8H – like almost all Hollywood productions – when it closed six months ago, and has since aired with Zoom to celebrity guests.
The current cast of the series, which was last on air May 9, includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Melissa Villaseñor.
In addition, three more cast members have been added: Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes.
Saturday Night Live returns on October 3rd.
Back for more: Maya Rudolph, who left the show full-time in 2007, is expected to act more as Sen’s vice presidential candidate. Kamala Harris. She was caught in NYC last year