Larry David reprised his role of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, popping up in the cold open to discuss the Vermont senator’s surprise win in the Michigan primary.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me, and I apologize to everyone else for making your Facebook feed so, so annoying,” “Sanders” said. “I mean, I love my supporters, but they’re too much, right? I’m great, but I’m not ‘five posts a day’ great. With all due respect to my supporters, get a life.”
For the second week in a row, the SNL cold open dealt with Darrell Hammond’s Donald Trump receiving an endorsement from a former adversary; last week it was Bobby Moynihan’s petrified Chris Christie, this week it was Jay Pharoah’s creepy Ben Carson. Framed as a CNN broadcast, the cold open started with the Trump press conference before Beau Bennett’s Jake Tapper started his interview with “Bernie Sanders,” an impersonation that adds a very Larry David gaze to the political arena.
“Can I ask you something? What’s a superdelegate? Who calls themselves that? It’s so cocky,” the candidate asked. “They walk around like they’re such big shots, ‘Ooh, I beg your pardon Mr. Superdelegate.’ Let me tell you something: I met some of these superdelegates, they’re not that super. Mediocre-delegates is more like it.”
When asked why Sanders appeals to such a fervent, teenage fan base, Sanders responds, “The young people love me because I’m like them. I have a bunch of big plans and absolutely no idea of how to achieve them.” David last played the Sanders role in early February when he hosted SNL. It wasn’t a perfect SNL visit for David as he completely butchered Ariana Grande’s name when introducing the host/musical guest.
Later on SNL, the show teased Hillary Clinton’s attempts to appeal to millenials with a campaign ad where Kate McKinnon’s version of the candidate literally begins morphing into Sanders.