Comedy legend Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fame has become a Saturday Night Live favorite for his portrayal of Bernie Sanders during his various election campaigns. David has been feeling the Bernie Sanders burn since before the 2016 presidential election, and Sanders' decision to run for the top job again in 2020 means he's in demand at SNL again. As it happens, however, David feels that Sanders winning the election would be terrible... for him.
Larry David dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. When Stephen Colbert asked if David had anything to ask Bernie Sanders, who would be appearing on The Late Show, this was David's response:
I would beg him to drop out so I don’t have to keep flying in from Los Angeles to do SNL. I thought when he had the heart attack, that was going to be it, I wouldn’t have to fly in from Los Angeles. But he’s indestructible. Nothing stops this man. … I met him at Saturday Night Live. If he wins, do you know what that’s going to do to my life? Do you have any idea? I mean, it’ll be great for the country, terrible for me.
According to Larry David, Bernie Sanders winning the presidential would be good for the United States overall, but would also really complicate his lifestyle. After all, President Bernie Sanders would mean at least four years of David needing to drop by SNL to impersonate him. I can't imagine Saturday Night Live finding anybody better than the comedy legend who is literally related to Sanders!
Larry David had Stephen Colbert (and the Late Show audience) in stitches as he shared why Bernie Sanders recovering from his heart attack and remaining in the presidential race make his personal life more difficult. Alec Baldwin could probably relate! He started impersonating Donald Trump on SNL prior to the 2016 presidential election, which Trump at that point seemed unlikely to win.
Alec Baldwin ultimately wanted to move away from the Donald Trump impersonations on Saturday Night Live, although those impersonations did win him an Emmy. If Bernie Sanders does become the next President of the United States, would Larry David also get too sick of flying back and forth across the country to want play Sanders for just a few minutes? Maybe an Emmy wouldn't hurt.
The 2020 presidential election is still the better part of a year off, so unless Bernie Sanders drops out of the race sometime soon, Larry David may find himself called upon to fly across the country for SNL on a semi-regular basis. Check out a recent SNL appearance by David as Sanders:
Whether or not Larry David will appear, you can catch new episodes of Saturday Night Live on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC starting January 25. This season of SNL has already seen some big events not involving David's version of Bernie Sanders, ranging from Jason Momoa ripping his shirt open to Eddie Murphy returning to his old stomping grounds to bring back a bunch of his old characters.
As for when you can absolutely see Larry David back on the small screen, Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO for Season 10 on Sunday, January 19 as one of the many big winter and spring TV premieres.