Colin Jost: Larry David's Bernie Sanders impression on SNL has helped the candidate
It was a meeting of Weekend Updatehosts when Colin Jost stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday night. Jost, of course, was still in the midst of preparations for this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Larry David. David, of course, was once an SNL writer like Jost and Meyers.
“It’s just the coolest thing as a writer when you come back and you’re hosting, you’re so happy that someone else is writing for you,” Jost said. “And he’s just the coolest dude.”
David’s hosting gig is not the Curb Your Enthusiasm creator’s first spot on SNL this season, having already played Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in several skits. Jost compared it to Tina Fey’s iconic impersonation of Sarah Palin.
“Sometimes people just have an exact right look,” Jost said. “For Larry David, I think by the time Lorne called him about doing it, he picked up the phone and said, ‘So we doing this?’ No explanation needed.”
Sanders is actually doing well in the Democratic primary. He nearly beat Hillary Clinton in the recent Iowa caucuses and is polling well in New Hampshire, the next primary voting state. Jost said he thinks David’s impersonation has actually helped the candidate a little.
“Larry’s so likable, in a crazy curmudgeon way, that he makes Bernie like, ‘Oh yeah, Bernie Sanders, I’ve always liked him, I liked him in Curb,‘” Jost said.
Watch the clip below.