Today, in news that ought to make you happy for a few seconds in the middle of all this nonsense, it appears that legendary comedian, artist, and author Jim Carrey is fulfilling a role that Saturday Night Live is going to need, and possibly in as iconic a way as Alec Baldwin has taken a turn on the show impersonating Donald Trump: Carrey is slated to play Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The show tweeted out an announcement about the casting milestone Wednesday afternoon:
Jim Carrey is our new Joe Biden! pic.twitter.com/hBJPRJl6Ja
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 16, 2020
David Itzkoff, a culture reporter for the New York Times, added some details to the announcement, including a schedule of shows for the beginning of the season, details on what the audience might look like, and the news of Carrey joining the show:
Lots of news out of @nbcsnl:
*Jim Carrey will play Joe Biden
*season will start with five consecutive new shows
*will have a limited live studio audience at Rockefeller Center pic.twitter.com/uhKVx60Zqz
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 16, 2020
In an interview with Vulture magazine, show creator Lorne Michaels went into detail about “celebrity cameos” and how they’ve played into major political roles, and he almost rejected the characterization:
I honestly don’t think of them as celebrity cameos. I think that’s the sort of New York Times approach to thinking about things. Alec Baldwin’s probably done the show 25 or 30 times. He’s just part of an extended group in the same way that if Tina Fey has something meaningful to say on Update, we’d welcome her. It’s the same way with Maya [as Kamala] — you saw what she brought to it. So, I don’t think of it that way…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.”
We’re thrilled too, especially after all of the social commentary Jim’s done on his Twitter account through posts and drawings during the Trump presidency.