Saturday Night Live finally returned to a live studio audience after a months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Per CNN, while the show is operating under an entirely new set of guidelines to adhere to proper social distancing in a post-coronavirus world, it still managed to pack all the punches viewers and fans have come to expect. And, on the heels of a historical presidential debate and President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they definitely had some work to do!
The show opened with a sketch featuring actor Alec Baldwin as Trump and fellow comedian Jim Carrey as former vice president Joe Biden during the first 2020 presidential debate. The skit started with a voiceover: “The following is a re-broadcast of Tuesday’s presidential debate, even though Tuesday feels 100 days ago. We thought it was important to see it again since it might be the only presidential debate. And it was pretty fun to watch, as long as you don’t live in America.” Cue the hijinks. Let the hilarity ensue.
But how did the two famous sketch comedy artists do in their roles as arch rivals, Trump and Biden? Keep reading after the jump to find out!
Jim Carrey's SNL performance as Joe Biden received positive reviews on Twitter
As one can imagine, Saturday Night Live‘s sketch of the first 2020 presidential debate involved lots of yelling and interrupting. But it also involved Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden character pulling out a remote and promptly pausing Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump character. “Sorry, but I think we all needed a break,” Carrey’s Biden said. “Let’s bask in the Trumplessness” (per CNN). But that’s not all! At the beginning of the debate, Carrey’s Biden also pulled out a tape measure. “Just one second, Chris,” Carrey’s Biden said, as he started measuring the distance between himself and POTUS.
In yet another instance, actress Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris came out and intervened on behalf of her running mate. “You look at me, Donald. You do not treat my Joe like that,” Rudolph said. “He’s a nice boy.” And from the likes of Twitter, the sketch was well received! As one Twitter user wrote, “The sequel better than the original. #SNLPremiere,” while another tweeted, “I’m dying of laughter right now. SNL nailed it. I love Jim Carrey.” Job well done, SNL. Job well done!
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