Jim Carrey debuts as Biden on ‘SNL’: ‘We can all make America not actively on fire again’
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey made his debut on “Saturday Night Live” as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a sketch lampooning last week’s debate.
In the cold open of the show’s season premiere, Carrey’s Biden halts Alec Baldwin’s President Trump midsentence using a remote control.
“I think we all needed a break. Isn’t that satisfying? Just not to hear his voice for a single goddamned second. Let’s wallow in it. Let’s bask in the Trumplessness,” he says in the sketch. Carrey directs the audience to “look directly into my eyeballs” and alludes to the president’s positive coronavirus test last week.
“You can trust me because I believe in science and karma. Now just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up to send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be,” he continues. “I’m not saying I want it to happen. Just imagine it did. So this November, please get on the Biden train, which is literally a commuter train to Delaware. And we can all make America not actively on fire again.”
Carrey as Biden then proceeds to “unpause” Baldwin as Trump, who immediately bellows “antifa.”
“Nope, can’t do it,” Carrey says, pausing again.
Baldwin’s Trump also nods to the president’s eventual positive coronavirus test in the sketch, at one point saying, “People are mean to me. Joe here is very mean. Chris Wallace is mean. The economy is mean. It keeps losing jobs, which is mean, to me. And the China virus has been very mean to me in being a hoax. And that statement will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”
The show announced in September that Carrey would portray Biden in its new season. Biden has previously been portrayed by Jason Sudeikis and Woody Harrelson.