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Jim Carrey Is SNL’s Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live has found its Joe Biden. NBC has announced that actor and comedian Jim Carrey will play the Democratic nominee throughout SNL Season 46, which returns for its in-studio premiere on October 3. The new season will begin with five consecutive shows, but hosts and musical guests have yet to be announced.

Longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels broke the Jim Carrey casting news during an exclusive interview with Vulture previewing the show’s upcoming season premiere. “You’ll see the same people,” he said of Season 46. “Maya Rudolph is coming back, and Alec [Baldwin] will be back. And I think Jim Carrey is going to do Biden.”

“There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.”

In a press release, NBC revealed that Saturday Night Live will follow strict COVID-19 protocols as it returns to production, including drastically limiting its in-studio audience. “The show will work closely with Gov. Cuomo’s team” to determine exact audience numbers for each episode, says the company.

In addition, SNL has added three featured players to its cast for the upcoming season. The three new additions are:

  • Lauren Holt, an actor, comedian, singer, and improviser who performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade
  • Punkie Jackson, a comedian and writer whose recent credits include Space Force, CorporateAdam Ruins Everything, and Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers
  • Andrew Dismukes, a Saturday Night Live staff writer since Season 43

Saturday Night Live will return with its first live, in-studio show since the COVID-19 pandemic began on October 3. New episodes will air in subsequent weeks on October 10, 17, 24, and 31.

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