Jim Carrey will play Joe Biden on ‘Saturday Night Live’

  • >> Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times
    Published: 2020-09-20 16:57:31 BdST

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Actor Jim Carrey poses during a photocall for the movie "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 5, 2017. REUTERS

Jim Carrey, the elastic actor and star of films like “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” will be the latest performer to take on the role of former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, at “Saturday Night Live.”

NBC said Wednesday that Carrey will play Biden on the coming 46th season of “SNL,” which begins Oct 3.

Carrey, who has hosted “SNL” several times over the years and rose to stardom on the Fox sketch show “In Living Color,” will be the latest performer to impersonate Biden on “SNL”; the role has previously been played there by Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson and John Mulaney.

Alec Baldwin, who has been playing President Donald Trump for “SNL” since 2016, will be returning to that role.

Presumably there will be plenty of work for both him and Carrey as “SNL” ramps up to cover the Presidential election season: NBC said that the show will broadcast five new episodes to start its season, from Oct. 3 through Oct. 31. No hosts or musical guests were immediately announced for these shows.

These will be the first live episodes that “SNL” will broadcast since the coronavirus shutdown in March. The show was forced to conclude last season with several remotely produced episodes.

NBC said in a news release that it expects to allow “a limited in-studio audience at Rockefeller Center” for these new broadcasts and said that “SNL” will “work closely” with the team of the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, in proceeding with this plan.

“SNL” said that it has added three new featured performers to its cast: Lauren Holt, a house performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles; Punkie Johnson, who has appeared on shows like “Space Force” and “Corporate”; and Andrew Dismukes, who has worked as a staff writer on “SNL.”

NBC also said that “SNL” would be working with comedy training programs at the PIT, Second City, the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade to provide funding for “a scholarship program for students of diverse backgrounds to advance their comedy careers.”

 

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