Saturday Night Live skewered the US Democratic presidential candidates last night. The skit included two surprise guests: Alec Baldwin, playing Jim Webb, and Larry David, playing Bernie Sanders.
David, who was briefly an unsuccessful writer for SNL in the 1980s before going on to create Seinfeld, was making his first appearance in a skit on the show. And it was immediately clear that no one could play a better Sanders: They both grew up in Brooklyn and maintain their distinctively New York accents, hand gestures, and plaintive whine.
Watch the skit above. Here’s a comparison of the actor and the candidate delivering Sanders’s line about voters being “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” referring to Hillary Clinton:
Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, has been a surprisingly strong competitor to Clinton, the former secretary of state. Polls show them tied in New Hampshire, site of the first Democratic primary, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 9, 2016.
The episode also featured the return of Tracy Morgan, the former SNL cast member and star of 30 Rock, who was seriously injured in a car accident last year. He hosted the show and was in several sketches.