Lorne Michaels Shares How Jim Carrey Won Over the Part of Joe Biden on 'SNL'

Kayla Keegan
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Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

From Good Housekeeping

  • Saturday Night Live season 46 starts October 3 on NBC.

  • For the new season of SNL, Jim Carrey will be playing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

  • Previously, Woody Harrelson, Jason Sudeikis, and John Mulaney portrayed the former Vice President.

  • Chris Rock will host the first new episode of SNL, while Megan Thee Stallion is the musical guest.

Jim Carrey really wanted to play former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live.

So much so, that The Mask actor pitched himself directly to SNL creator Lorne Michaels ahead of the season 46 premiere. Clearly, Jim must've nailed his pitch, because he is now playing the Democratic presidential nominee this fall alongside beloved comedian Maya Rudolph, who will reprise her Emmy-winning Kamala Harris impression.

“There was some interest on his part,” Lorne said to Vulture. “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.”

But why did SNL replace Woody Harrelson?

As for Woody Harrelson, who previously played the former Vice President on SNL, he told NME that he has moved on from the comedy sketch series for the time being. Jason Sudeikis and John Mulaney have also impersonated the 2020 presidential hopeful in years past.

“I was approached two or three times but I couldn’t do it so I don’t know, maybe Lorne has moved on which would probably be smart to have people who were definitely going to show up,” Woody revealed. “Because I don’t know, I wasn’t always going to be there, but I’d be open to doing it again, of course. It’s so fun.”

That said, Jim is poised to do an incredible job. Throughout his movie roles in Dumb and Dumber, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura, and Liar, Liar, and comedy stints at the Fox sketch show In Living Color, he has proven time and time again that he is a master of improv and impersonations. Not to mention, he will likely have plenty of material to work off of as the 2020 presidential election draws nearer every day.

Apart from Jim joining the SNL cast for the time being, fans can look forward to three new faces also coming on this fall — Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin is expected to continue playing President Donald Trump on the late-night NBC show.

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