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In a wide-ranging Vulture interview published on Wednesday, showrunner Lorne Michaels disclosed that as the series recalibrates amid the coronavirus pandemic, Carrey will join the late-night sketch show’s cast of regular players to play the former vice president.
“Jim Carrey is going to do Biden,” Michaels told the outlet.
Discussing how Carrey came aboard, Michaels said, “There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively.”
Carrey, he added, “will give the part energy and strength, and … [Laughs.] Hopefully it’s funny.”
Carrey won’t be the only new face when ‘SNL’ returns; Michaels also announced that Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes have been added to the cast as featured players.
The new season is set to premiere on October 3 with five consecutive shows, a feat Michaels said the cast and crew has never accomplished before.
“There are four debates and then it’s Halloween, and that’s the weekend before the election. And sadly, if the election gets extended, then we’ll be doing six or seven shows in a row,” he said.
Reflecting on the challenges posed by the pandemic, he said, “The show will be compromised on some levels of production, but it will be recognisable as the show you’ve seen all these years.”
Part of returning to normalcy for ‘SNL’ is having a live audience. After a series of poorly received at-home episodes last season, Michaels confirmed this new batch will be filmed in front of a live but limited studio audience. The production team, he said, is working closely with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to ensure the safety of all involved.