This weekend marked the first Saturday Night Live of the season, and also the debut of Jim Carrey as Joe Biden. With that in mind, it was clear that the show wouldn’t waste a whole lot of time in order to debut that. We wondered if they were still going to spoof the debate in its entirety given the events of the past few days, but in the end, they opted to take that televised event on.
So how was Carrey’s take on Biden? We had a feeling that this was going to be some sort of exaggeration from what we’ve seen from other impersonators in the past. This could’ve been a mess, but Carrey has a real knack for physical comedy that helped this out tremendously.
If there is one real problem with Jim’s Biden, it was that it was pretty hard to disguise the fact that it was Jim Carrey. His energy is such that he’s not thought of as an impressionist. Still, this is probably the best impression of Biden that we’ve seen so far, especially this idea that there is some sort of inner demon who Biden constantly battles in his head, one that allows him to look as Presidential as possible. The cameo from Harry Styles as a part of a meditation cycle was totally random, but we get the need to throw some of them in there.
Here’s the biggest thing that still needs work: The chemistry between Baldwin and Carrey. It’s not altogether there, and it may speak to a relative lack of rehearsal time. It wasn’t a perfect cold open by any means, but things could get increasingly stronger over the next few weeks.
Oh, and of course we had a chance to eventually see Maya Rudolph thrown in here as Kamala Harris. We’re sure that SNL is going to lean heavily into this whenever they can. In between her appearance and Carrey’s moment discussing “science and karma,” we’ve got two things people will be discussing moving forward.
What do you think about the first Saturday Night Live cold open of the season?
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