Jim Carrey transformed into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the season 46 premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live.’
The show kicked off with the cold open, which parodied the first presidential debate that took place in Cleveland on Tuesday. “We thought it was important to see it again since it might be the only presidential debate,” the narrator said. Carrey, 58, portrayed Biden, Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump and Beck Bennett was moderator Chris Wallace.
Walking out with a pair of Biden’s signature aviator sunglasses, Carrey copied the former vice president’s voice and mannerisms before he pulled out a tape measure to check the distance between the podiums and adjusted it few inches back. “You did take the COVID test you promised you’d take in advance,” Bennett’s Wallace asked before Baldwin’s Trump replied: “Absolutely, scout’s honor.”
Three days after the debate, Trump announced he and wife, First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.
Then, Baldwin’s Trump character started the debate by discussing the Supreme Court and the president’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett, whom he mistakenly called “Amy Christina Barcelona.” As Carrey’s character attempted to make his remarks, he was shortly interrupted — similar to the real-life debate. “No, don’t let your inner Whitey Bulger come out. Just flash them all that smile the taught you in anger management,” he said before trying to keep his cool.
Harry Styles also made a brief cameo as the voice of a meditation app for Biden while Cecily Strong mocked Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Republican National Convention speech in the thought bubble for Baldwin’s Trump.
On the topic of his taxes and masks, Baldwin’s Trump said, “The terms ‘law’ and ‘order’ are very vague terms, and rules are meant to be broken. It’s the same with masks. I’ve got mine right here in my pocket,” before pulling out a lace thong. “You don’t need one all the time. It’s like a seatbelt: You just wear it when you’re backing out of the driveway and then you can take it off.”
Elsewhere, SNL alum Maya Rudolph — who reprised her role of Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s vice-presidential candidate — interrupted the chaotic debate to intervene and play up “Momala” in comparison to the “fun aunt” persona previously seen on the show. “I think if there’s one thing we learned tonight, it’s that America needs a WAP: woman as president,” she said. “But for now I’ll settle for HVPIC – hot vice president in charge.”
Watch a clip of the parody debate below. It probably would’ve been funnier if we weren’t still so fatigued from the real thing.
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