Saturday Night Live opened this week with the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, which could only mean one thing: Larry David’s Bernie Sanders was back in Studio 8H.
“I am Bernie Sanders,” David said to cheers from the SNL crowd that nearly matched Sanders’s reception at the actual debate Thursday night. “I’m a voice for regular people. I’m not fancy. I’m not the elite. I put on my pants just like all of you. I sit on the edge of the bed and Jane pulls them up for me.”
Within minutes, Sanders and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton were in a slap fight over the minimum wage and Wolf Blitzer was begging the former Secretary of State to let her opponent go from a headlock.
The cold open sketch instantly improved when Blitzer introduced a question from a “real New Yorker”: Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes. The night’s host, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, came face to face with the classic sitcom’s co-creator and asked about Sanders’s plan to break up the big banks.
“Once I’m elected president, I’ll have a nice schvitz in the White House gym, I’ll sit them down and yada yada yada, they’ll be broken up,” Sanders replied.
Elaine pushed back, telling him, “You can’t yada yada at a debate.” Then, to Hillary, she asked, “Doesn’t it suck to be the only girl in a group of guys?” When Clinton answered affirmatively, she added, “Don’t worry, because everyone thinks you are by far the funniest—I mean, the most qualified.”
Then, after a question from Friends’ Rachel Green and a threatened appearance by The Cosby Show’s Cliff Huxtable—“I need black voters, but not that bad,” Sanders said—Blitzer returned to one last question from Elaine.
“Senator Sanders, you believe the super-rich should pay more in taxes?” she asked. “But wouldn’t that be bad for actors who made a lot of money on a certain very successful sitcom?” And in turn, “even worse for the person who created that sitcom?”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you should vote for her,” David’s Sanders admitted.
As for the Veep star’s personal politics, Louis-Dreyfus isn’t picking sides between the two Democrats. She told The New York Times this week that she will be supporting “whoever the Democrat is. Period. End of story.”