'SNL': Jim Carrey's Biden Hopes We 'Gain an Hour and Lose a President' This Week (Video)
Carrey’s Biden reads a parody of “The Raven” to remind you Trump could still win on latest “SNL”
Today happens to be the very last Saturday before election day 2020, so it’ll come as no surprise that “SNL” kicked off the 5th episode of Season 46 with a cold open full of jokes inspired by the final days of what has to be one of the most stressful elections in recent memory.
But it wasn’t actual events of the week that got parodied, it was that insane level of stress. Jim Carrey as Joe Biden read a parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” that was turned into a warning about the scary possibility that 2020 could still end up like 2016 — with a Trump victory despite polls — and a popular vote loss — that would in a sane country indicate otherwise.
Unlike previous weeks, Alec Baldwin didn’t return as Donald Trump. Instead, Carrey was joined by Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Mikey Day as Nate Silver, Keenan Thompson and Chris Redd as Trump supporting rappers Ice Cube and Lil’ Wayne, and Beck Bennet as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell for a joke about his recent weird hands.
Maya Rudolph also showed up to resume her portrayal of Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (last week she portrayed debate moderator Kristen Welker).
“It’s a spooky time. Filled with demons and darkness. Also, it’s Halloween. For some Trump voters, it’s the only day they’ll wear a mask.” Carrey’s Biden said at the start of the sketch. “Do you like my decorations? I borrowed them from Melania’s Christmas display. Which reminds me. There’s another holiday right around the corner.: Election Day. If you’re like most Americans, you’re excited to vote, and very, very, very worried about the outcome. But don’t worry, they say I’m eight points ahead. Polll numbers like that can only go wrong once in a blue moon.”
Then he glanced up and saw that the moon was blue.
For those wondering, yes the show is sticking with last week’s near-total reboot of Carrey’s Joe Biden impression. Originally, Carrey did an exaggerated doddering-slightly-senile Joe Biden — but unfortunately for “SNL,” a whole lot of viewers really didn’t like that take, largely because of how little resemblance it had to the Biden people watched during the debates and town halls.
So last week Carrey played Biden as an amped-up oldster who, sort of like the real Biden, swaggers awkwardly and drops catch phrases with about 50/50 success. Basically, competent instead of decrepit, but kind of ridiculous, more of a surrogate for the audience dealing with Trump than an old coot.
More to come…
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