Saturday Nigh Live is always better during a political election campaign.
This year, the 41-year-old show promises to follow that path as Saturday Night Live brought back alum Larry David to play the role of Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders for the opening of their show this weekend, People reported.
Oh, and there was a 30 Rock reunion with fellow Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and host Tracy Morgan joining Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer for one incredible opening to the show.
First, Larry David’s portrayal of Bernie Sanders is sure to be the water cooler talk Monday morning. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star took the stage as the United States Senator trying to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
Alec Baldwin joined the fray, serving as Senator Jim Webb for the debate. Hillary Clinton mimic Kate McKinnon flanked David to the right, giving the real-life Democratic nominees a star-studded make-over of cosmic comic standards for the Saturday Night Live skit.
Larry — as Bernie — stole the show out of the gates with his introductory remarks. “We’re DOOMED. We need a revolution,” David said as Sanders.
The comedy continued with his explanations of how to deal with big banks for the opening Saturday Night Live scene.
“And why do they chain all their pens to their desks? Who’s trying to steal pens from the banks? It makes no sense.”
It what could be the line of the night, David finished his thoughts about how to fix bank regulations.
“Then, you just make the bankers pay for college for everyone, and America’s fixed. EH?”
David then followed that line up with a monologue about why Bernie Sanders is different from the rest of the field.
“For me, I’m an outsider, Anderson. I’m the only candidate up here who’s not a billionaire. I don’t have a Super PAC. I don’t even have a backpack. I carry my stuff around loose in my arms like a professor between classes. I own one pair of underwear, that’s it… Bernie Sanders dot com. Check it out. It’s a mess.”
Slate, and the show itself, called this and the rest of the Saturday Night Live performance by Larry the role he was born to play.
Kate McKinnon got into the act later as Hillary Clinton. Calling Bernie “cool,” McKinnon gave a perfect example of how Sanders and Clinton differ.
“He’s the song of the summer. He’s ‘Trap Queen’ by Fetty Wap. But I’m the birthday song, guys, and you’re going to be singing me until the day you die.”
This isn’t the first time Saturday Night Live has dove into the political arena for 2016 this season. A skit two weeks ago featured Hillary Clinton and Kate McKinnon, and the performance was well-received.
In addition to the cold Saturday Night Live opening about the Democratic debate, Tracy Morgan also celebrated his triumphant return to television a year after suffering a car accident that nearly took his life. Morgan joked about the accident in the monologue.
“People were wondering: can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity? But the truth is I never did. I might actually be a few points higher now.”
He then introduced a special episode of 30 Rock “from 2012.” The transition showed that Fey, Baldwin, and company on stage, making jokes about a pretend accident similar to the one Morgan suffered.
After the skit, Morgan invited the 30 Rock cast on stage to a loud ovation from the audience.
Demi Lovato served as the musical guest for the show. Lovato recently posed in the nude prior to the release of her album, Confident. She also performed the smash hit “Cool For The Summer,” a song leading many to question her sexual past.
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