There’s a new Joe Biden on Saturday night: actor Alex Moffat. Moffat took on the role of president-elect during the cold opening of the December 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig.
Moffat replaces Jim Carrey, who last portrayed Biden in the first six episodes of the series’ current season. Carrey announced that his tenure ended with a tweet on Saturday afternoon.
“Though my tenure was only supposed to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected your SNL President … comedy’s ultimate duty,” Carrey wrote. “I would like to go ahead and know that Biden was the winner because I nailed this shit.”
Although my tenure was only supposed to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected your SNL President … comedy’s ultimate duty. I would love to go ahead and know that Biden was the winner for nailing this shit. But I’m only one in a long line of proud fighting SNL Bidens!
– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 19, 2020
Carrey’s last appearance as Biden aired on November 7th, the Saturday when Biden’s win was named by most decision-makers.
In her role as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris remains Maya Rudolph, who has been open to the cold alongside Moffat (with Kate McKinnon as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Beck Bennett in his regular role as current Vice President Mike Pence).
The sketch recorded the biggest live event of the week: Pence received the Covid-19 vaccine in front of the camera. At its center was the irony that Pence was among the first to receive the vaccine as he downplayed the severity of the pandemic and, as head of the federal coronavirus task force, is one of the officials responsible for the U.S. failed response are .
The entire sketch is embedded above so you can judge Moffat-as-Biden for yourself. Hopefully he deserves better reviews than Carrey; The beloved comedian has been condemned for his crafty, Ace Ventura-esque attitude towards the then nominee.
“As the real chaos of these election spirals only turns down and Actual Biden becomes more and more stoic and angry, the sheer inaccuracy of this approach only increases,” said an article by wrestler Rob Harvilla from October, who called Carrey is a “disaster”.
“Even if you love the Impressionist – and even if you vote for the guy he embodies – you can huddle and wince in the destabilizing presence of the Impression itself.”
Correction, December 20, 2020: An earlier version of this article misidentified who Kate McKinnon was portraying – it was Rudy Giuliani, not Dr. Anthony Fauci.