Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden on SNL, new season starts October 3

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Actor Jim Carrey as villainous Dr. Robotnik in the movie Sonic the Hedgehog. Video screenshot by CNET

With Joe Biden presidential candidate of the United States, NBC live-action comedy series Saturday Night Live needs a celebrity to play it. Actor-comedian Jim Carrey got the role, Saturday Night Live announced Wednesday.

“There was some interest on his part, and then we responded, obviously, positively,” SNL producer Lorne Michaels told Vulture. “But it resigned itself to discussions about what the take was. He will give the part energy and strength, and I hope that’s funny. “

Previous celebrities to play the former vice president include Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Nealon, John Mulaney and most recently actor Woody Harrelson.

SNL will also kick off the new season with five consecutive shows on October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. This is the first time in the show’s long history that it will have so many consecutive episodes.

“I made the decision very early on… that we would do something that we hadn’t done before, which was five shows in a row,” Michaels said. “Because there are four debates and then it’s Halloween, and it’s the weekend before the election. And unfortunately, if the election goes on, then we’ll do six or seven shows in a row. “

The show also announced that three new actors – Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes – have been added to the cast for the new season. Meet them here.

In accordance with social distancing protocol, the show will also have a limited studio audience at Rockefeller Center in New York City and “will work closely with Governor Cuomo’s team.”

SNL launches its new season on NBC on October 3.

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