On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Larry David explained the unintended consequences of Senator Bernie Sanders’ success.
Senator Bernie Sanders finds himself at the top of the latest Democratic polls, making it a real possibility that he could be the party’s nominee in the 2020 election. And while that may be welcomed news for millions of voters, Larry David isn’t quite feeling the Bern as much.
David is out promoting season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm set to premiere on HBO on Jan. 19. It’s been a couple years since fans last saw the fictional version of LD but that doesn’t mean the accomplished writer/comedian/actor has been out of the spotlight.
Since 2015 David has been making appearances on Saturday Night Live as Vermont Senator and two-time presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. The similarities between David and Sanders were too good to ignore and even with David’s contentious past relationship with SNL it was a no-brainer to bring him in.
When Senator Sanders lost out on the Democratic nomination in 2016, it seemed like the end of Larry David’s cameos. But with Senator Sanders back in the race for 2020, and at the top of the pack, David has been showing up in season 45.
So what will happen if Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and then defeats President Donald Trump in November? It’s a scenario that Larry David doesn’t not want to think about as he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
It’s hard to imagine Saturday Night Live turning to anyone other than Larry David is President Bernie Sanders becomes a reality. Similar to how the show married itself to the idea of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, there is no going back. But Baldwin had the convenience of living in New York City and already being an outspoken critic of President Trump. David isn’t as vocal and lives across the country in Los Angeles.
So while David supports the idea of Senator Sanders being president as a good thing for the country, it is not a good thing for the comedian. The travel and unpredictability on when he would be needed for a sketch could be too much for someone who is very particular about day-to-day life.
But it is possible that Saturday Night Live chooses to recast its version of Bernie Sanders if David’s decides the logistics are too challenging. Last Night On was convinced that Jason Sudeikis would have a very busy schedule when Joe Biden announced his 2020 campaign. Instead, SNL cast host Woody Harrelson in the role for season 45 up until the most recent episode when Sudiekis returned. It’s hard to say what the show’s plan for Biden will be for the rest of the season.
Not since Tina Fey took on the part of Sarah Palin have the stars aligned so perfectly for a politician to be played by someone in SNL’s orbit. So here’s hoping Larry David sticks it out if the country decides on Bernie Sanders for president. If not, we’ll always have “Bern Your Enthusiasm.”
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