Jim Carrey, the resilient actor and star of films such as The Mask, Dumb and Dumb and The Eternal Sun of the Immaculate Mind, will be the last performer to play former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the candidate. for president of the Democratic Party, on Saturday Night Live.
NBC said Wednesday that Kerry will play Biden in the upcoming 46th season of SNL, which begins Oct. 3.
Kerry, who has hosted SNL several times over the years and rose to star in Fox’s “In Living Color” sketch, will be the last artist to perform for Biden on SNL; before that the role was played there by Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson and John Mulani.
It is expected that there will be a lot of work for both him and Kerry as “SNL” increases to cover the presidential election season: NBC said the show will air five new episodes to start its season, from 3 October to October 31. Hosts or musical guests were not immediately announced for these shows.
These will be the first live episodes that SNL will broadcast after the coronavirus was stopped in March. The show was forced to end last season with several remotely produced episodes.
NBC said in a news release that it expects to allow a “limited audience in a Rockefeller Center studio” for these new shows, and said SNL will “work closely” with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s team. for this plan.
SNL said it had added three new performers to its lineup: Lauren Holt, a home performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles; Punk Johnson, who starred in shows such as “Space Force” and “Corporate”; and Andrew Dismux, who worked as a staff writer for SNL
NBC also said that SNL will work with comedy training programs at the PIT, Second City, Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade to provide funding for a “scholarship program for students from different backgrounds to advance in their comedy careers.”