‘SNL’ returns with new Joe Biden, who looks to unite Democrats

The NBC variety show returned for its season premiere on Saturday and opened its 47th season with new cast member James Austin Johnson taking on the role of Biden.

What is cooking, what is good? Biden said of Johnson at the beginning of the show. “How was everyone’s summer? It was a bad summer.”

On the bright side, Johnson’s Biden added, “He spent the entire summer without ever falling down the stairs.”

Then Biden pulled Johnson out of a group of fellow Democrats from different ends of the political spectrum. These included Senator Kirsten Senema, played by Cecily Strong, and Senator Joe Manchin, played by Eddie Bryant, as well as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, played by Melissa Villasinor, and Representative Ilhan Omar, played by Ego Nodim.

Is it just me or does she look like all the characters from ‘Scooby-Doo’ at the same time? Biden said of Johnson about Cinema Strong.

After thanking Biden for not “calling me Kamala,” Nodim’s Omar said she was “designed in a lab to cause Tucker Carlson to have a heart attack.”

Johnson’s Biden was trying to unite the two sides in hopes of ending the infrastructure bill. Not working.

“I’m saying we need at least $300 billion in clean energy tax credits,” Ocasio-Cortez said at Villasenor.

“And I say $0,” Bryant’s Manchin replied.

“See? Same page!” Biden Johnson said.

Biden, Johnson’s boss, has been trying to find common ground. He asked if everyone liked roads, for example. Cinema from Strong said she didn’t want knocks.

“There are no ways?” Biden asked Johnson. “Why?”

She replied, “Chaos.”

The group was then joined by other Democrats such as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, played by Alex Moffat. Both were there to promote the books. Schumer’s book was called “Sandwiches I Loved and Tried” while Cuomo’s title was “Shout”.

Johnson’s Biden said Democrats, despite their differences, are all the same.

Then Cuomo Davidson interjected, “Screwed!”

Then the entire cast began the final season with the traditional cue, “Live from New York…it’s Saturday night!”


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