‘SNL’: Which Actors Played Joe Biden Before Jim Carrey?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jason Sudeikis as Joseph Biden, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama during the "Obama Returns" skit

Actor Jim Carrey will tackle the position of presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live this season. The announcement might have come as a shock to some followers as Biden has been skillfully performed by different actors on the collection previously.

Jason Sudeikis as Joseph Biden, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama during the "Obama Returns" skit
Jason Sudeikis as Joseph Biden, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama throughout the “Obama Returns” skit |Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

But Carrey pitched SNL for the position. “There was some interest on his part,” SNL creator Lorne Michaels informed Vulture. “And then we responded, clearly, positively. But it got here all the way down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as properly. He will give the half vitality and energy, and … [Laughs.] Hopefully it’s humorous.”

Michaels recounted different actors who took on the position of Biden previously. “Obviously Woody [Harrelson] did Biden on the first show last season and did it brilliantly,” Michaels shared. “Jason [Sudeikis] has done it in the past. Part of it also is whoever does it has to basically relocate to New York because of quarantine. So, there were a lot of factors involved in that. But I’m thrilled Jim’s doing it.”

Woody Harrelson performed Joe Biden final fall

Harrelson hosted the season premiere final September so he took on the position of Biden, The Atlantic recounts. During the premiere, Harrelson performed Biden earlier than he turned the Democratic nominee. The setting was the Democratic debates. At the time, Biden didn’t appear to be he can be the frontrunner within the race.

Harrelson was a part of a panel of celeb drop-ins and particular friends like Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris. Rudolph will reprise her position as Harris this season now that Harris is the vice-presidential nominee.

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When Harrelson/Biden arrived on stage he stated the “vast majority of people in America are not homophobic, they’re just scared of gay people.” Adding, “I’m like plastic straws: I’ve been around forever, I’ve always worked, but now you’re mad at me?” 

John Mulaney additionally took on Biden in February

Like Harrelson, comic John Mulaney reworked into Biden when he hosted SNL, solely weeks earlier than the pandemic struck. Ironically, he took half in a coronavirus briefing skit. Halfway by way of the White House led press convention, Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (performed by Kate McKinnon) and Biden (performed by Mulaney) joined the briefing.

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“Speaking of number one, guess who just kicked butt,” Mulaney as Biden stated carrying a South Carolina sash. “Guess who just kicked butt in south Crackerbarrel?”

Of course, SNL made a nod to the truth that Mulaney has by no means performed Biden with “Mike Pence” exclaiming that Joe Biden regarded completely different. “Yeah the surgery is starting to settle,” Mulaney stated. “Now listen folks. If we want to fight China cough we’ve got to be smart. We’ve got to make sure we get new teeth daily.”

Jason Sudeikis was recognized for taking part in Joe Biden on ‘SNL’

Jason Sudeikis took on Biden throughout his years on SNL, particularly when Biden was the Vice President. Sudeikis lately discussed the opportunity of returning to SNL simply to play Biden. “I’m getting there,” he stated throughout an look on Good Morning America. “Once I pop in those fake teeth, they have me wear, then that’s when it really takes over.”

However, Sudeikis was on the morning discuss present to debate his new undertaking, Ted Lasso. So when GMA‘s T.J. Holmes requested for a fast Biden impression, Sudeikis declined. “No,” he stated. “It costs too much.”

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Adding, “Not for free. Lorne [Michaels] always says, ‘Don’t do what you do well for free,’” he shared.

Saturday Night Live Season 46 premieres on October three at 11:30 pm on NBC.

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