Alrighty then! Actor Jim Carrey is joining the cast of Saturday Night Live — but not just for any old role.
No, the comedy icon is slated to play Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden leading up to the election.
NBC made the announcement on Wednesday that Carrey will be the show’s new Joe Biden. He’ll be going toe-to-toe with Alec Baldwin, who is returning to play President Donald Trump.
Maya Rudolph will be Carrey’s running mate, as the comedian is also back on board to reprise her hilarious role of Kamala Harris. Her work last season as Harris was definitely well-received — she was even nominated for an Emmy for the performance.
Previously, the role of former VP Biden has been filled by the likes of Woody Harrelson, Jason Sudeikis, and John Mulaney.
Jim Carrey Pitched Himself for the Role
But this time around, Carrey, who has hosted SNL twice in the past, pitched himself to fill Biden’s shoes.
“There was some interest on his part,” Michaels told Vulture. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well.”
The talks must have gone well, because Michaels noted that he believes Carrey “will give the part energy and strength.”
With a laugh, Michaels added, “Hopefully it’s funny.”
According to Michaels, playing Biden involves relocating to New York during the upcoming season because of quarantine. So, heads up New York, keep your eyes peeled for Jim Carrey sightings!
When asked about shifting to using celebrity cameos, Michaels admitted that he doesn’t see them as celeb cameos at all. Actors who have “probably done the show 25 or 30 times” are seen more as “an extended group” of the show.
SNL Will Again Feature a Live Audience
The show will be “live from New York” with an audience once again, too.
Although there’s usually a lot to figure out each season, this one is clearly different. Michaels has managed to figure out how to produce the show with a live audience in the middle of a pandemic.
The show has been working closely with Governor Cuomo’s office to work out having a limited in-studio audience at Rockefeller Center. It has to be done in a way to ensure safety for all involved during the pandemic — otherwise, the live audience is a no-go.
This will be the first time SNL has aired from Studio 8H since March. The show did a few virtual episodes in April titled Saturday Night Live At Home.
The variety show is set to return on October 3 for it’s 46th season on television.