“The ghost of Biden’s past” returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
Jason Sudeikis reprised his 2013 role of Joe Biden, who was the happy-go-lucky 47th vice president at the time. He came face-to-face with the current Biden, the President of the United States, stressing over passing his infrastructure bill in the cold open sketch.
“I don’t understand. People used to like me. The press would call me ‘Uncle Joe’. I miss the old me. Where the hell did that guy go,” James Austin Johnson’s Biden asked.
Cue Sudeikis’ “fun” Biden, rocking his signature aviator sunglasses, baseball cap and bomber jacket. “I’m you from eight years ago, buddy! The ghost of Biden past.”
“How can you be me?” Johnson’s new Biden asked. “You seem so happy, so carefree, so—what’s the word I’m looking for?”
Sudeikis’ old Biden deadpanned, “Lucid.”
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Sudeikis’ old Biden reminisced about having the “easiest gig in the world” where you just had to “shake a few hands, rub a few shoulders.” The new Biden said “you can’t do that anymore.”
“What happened to us?” old Biden asked. “We used to be fun.”
The new Biden explained that the former President “ruined everything” by hanging out with porn stars, serving McDonald’s at the White House and even fighting with the Pope. Sudeikis’ old Biden replied, “Wow, Hillary got awesome!”
After an untimely appearance from Alex Moffat’s Biden from March 2021, Sudeikis passed the torch to Johnson: “I want you to stand tall and flash those 100% natural choppers we got. And remember, we may be from different eras, but at the end of the day, we’re both Joe freakin’ Biden!”
All jokes aside, Sudeikis repeatedly said how “great to be back here at ‘Saturday Night Live'” during his opening monologue. The “Ted Lasso” star was hired as a writer in 2003 at the sketch comedy show and starred as a cast member from 2005 to 2013.
“It’s really special to be back in… this room here. This place is historic,” he said. “This place changed my life.”