“Saturday Night Live” has recruited Jim Carrey to play former Vice President Joe Biden in its upcoming season, having the “Ace Ventura” and “The Mask” star go head-to-head with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump.
The “Kidding” star, now an artist, bestselling author and two-time Golden Globe Award winner, has hosted the show multiple times since 1996 and made a cameo during a 2003 Foo Fighters performance on the NBC sketch comedy.
The Biden role was previously filled by “SNL” alum Jason Sudeikis during the Obama administration. Comedian John Mulaney and actor Woody Harrelson have also appeared on the show as the Democratic presidential hopeful.
“You’ll see the same people. Maya Rudolph is coming back, and Alec [Baldwin] will be back. And Jim Carrey is going to do Biden,” longtime producer Lorne Michaels told Vulture. Presumably, Rudolph will resume her impersonation of Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris.
Michaels said the casting began with Carrey expressing interest in the part.
After wrapping up last season with “SNL at Home” episodes, the sketch series will return to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center when Season 46 premieres Oct. 3 with a limited studio audience.