Saturday Night Live is well-known for parodying political candidates. It’s practically become a staple of election seasons. The United States Presidential Election is only 47 days away, so it’s time for the SNL skits to begin. Everyone expects Alec Baldwin to reprise his role as President Donald Trump, but who will play former Vice President Joe Biden?
According to reports, comedian Jim Carrey is excited to pick up the role. The official Saturday Night Live Twitter account confirmed the news.
Jim Carrey is our new Joe Biden! pic.twitter.com/hBJPRJl6Ja
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 16, 2020
SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels recently spoke with Vulture to discuss the upcoming season.
“There was some interest on [Carrey’s] part. And then we responded, obviously, positively,” Michaels said. “But it came down to discussions about what the take was.”
The Saturday Night Live Creative Team Put A Lot Of Thought Into Their Choices
In the Vulture interview, Michaels goes on to say that he knows Carrey will give the part “energy and strength.” He also confirms Maya Rudolph will also reprise her role as Kamala Harris, Biden’s pick for V.P. Even though Saturday Night Live is known for comedy and poking fun at political candidates, Michaels hopes the audience knows a lot of work goes into writing the script. The intention is never to take cheap shots at candidates.
“With this election, it’s not an original thought or statement to say that there’s a lot at stake. Going back to Ford/Carter, we’ve had a voice, and we will try as hard as possible to maintain that voice. If anybody talks about ‘truth to power’ or any of that, it’s tedious, because everybody says they’re doing it, and power seems to be unaffected by it entirely. So, we’ll give our point of view,” the Saturday Night Live producer said. “There are a lot of writers, a lot of differing points of view. And the show’s tried really hard to not just be a partisan voice, but to be clear-headed about it. Over the years, I’ve had, obviously, complaints from both parties. People feel things are unfair, and I understand that. But if we’re taking shots, I hope we’re taking clean shots.”
There Is Still Lots To Look Forward To
Lorne Michaels hopes there will be a live studio audience this fall, even if it’s small. However, even if things don’t pan out the way execs want them to, fans still have plenty to look forward to. The SNL sketch “MacGruber” will soon be a television series. Streaming service Peacock plans to air the new show sometime in 2021. SNL alums Will Forte and Kristen Wiig will reprise their roles.
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