'SNL' Is Back With A New Joe Biden, Who Is Hoping To Bring Democrats Together
"Saturday Night Live" is back, and so is Joe Biden, the new President of the United States.
The NBC variety show returned for its 47th season debut on Saturday, with new cast member James Austin Johnson playing Vice President Joe Biden. "What's cookin', what's good?" Johnson's Biden said, kicking off the premiere. "How was everybody's summer? Mine was bad."
On the other side, Johnson's Biden noted that he "spent the entire summer without tumbling down the stairs once." After that, Johnson's Biden drew out a slew of other Democrats from all sides of the political aisle. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, played by Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant, respectively, as well as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, played by Melissa Villaseor and Ego Nwodim.
"Is it just me, or does she resemble all of the 'Scooby-Doo' characters at the same time?" Strong's Sinema, according to Johnson's Biden.
After thanking Biden for not "calling me Kamala," Nwodim's Omar said she was "designed in a lab to give Tucker Carlson a heart attack."
Johnson's Biden was trying to unite the two sides in hopes of getting the infrastructure bill finished. It wasn't working.
"I'm saying we need at least $300 billion in clean energy tax credits," Villaseñor's Ocasio-Cortez, said.
"And I'm saying $0," Bryant's Manchin responded.
"See? Same page!" Johnson's Biden said.
Johnson's Biden kept trying to find common ground. He asked if everyone likes roads, for example. Strong's Sinema said she wants no roads.
"No roads?" Johnson's Biden asked. "Why?"
"Chaos," she responded.
Other Democrats such as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, played by Alex Moffat, joined the gang. Both were there to promote their respective novels. "Sandwiches I Have Liked and Tried" was the title of Schumer's book, while "Whoops" was the title of Cuomo's. Despite their differences, Democrats, according to Johnson's Biden, are fundamentally the same.
"Screwed!" Davidson's Cuomo interjected.
The actors then began the new season with the standard "Live from New York... It's Saturday night!" sign-on.