Hopefully Saturday Night Live can deliver a pretty, pretty, pretty good episode this week.
After cameoing as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders multiple times this season, Larry David will be returning to host this week. And so while a Bernie Sanders sketch or two (or four, depending on how politically focused the night is) seems like a given, there’s plenty to mine from David’s career and persona for laughs come 11:29 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
David actually has a history with SNL, though most Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fans might understandably not know about his short run as a writer on the show.
Still, SNL has welcomed David back before, including a hilarious appearance during the show’s 40th anniversary special alongside Jerry Seinfeld (here’s hoping the comedian is in town for a cameo if he isn’t too busy grabbing coffee). With the Iowa caucus results being even closer than most expected between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, it won’t be shocking to see the show open with David’s Sanders and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in the wake of the caucus results or in their preparation for the New Hampshire primary. And then there’s the fallout of the Republican candidates’ Iowa caucus results for the show to also address.
And though David has most recently spent years on HBO playing an exaggerated version of himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm, David will likely dip into that curmudgeonly persona for at least another few sketches.
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David has been paired with musical guest The 1975, who have a new album set to release in February. I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It will debut on Feb. 26, but the band has already released a few singles, including the album’s third, “The Sound,” this past January. Expect at least one of these three singles to make an appearance during the show.
Come talk about the episode live as it happens and stay tuned to EW.com on Sunday for a full recap of the show.
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