Carrey made his debut as Biden on Saturday Night Live’s 46th season premiere, on 3 October. The performance immediately drew mixed reactions, and the public’s impressions have not improved since.
The actor returned as the Democratic candidate in the most recent SNL episode, which dedicated its cold open to Biden and Donald Trump’s simultaneous town halls.
That performance was met with renewed criticism, including a Vanity Fair review titled: “Saturday Night Live has a Jim Carrey problem.”
“It sounded like a great get at first,” Karen Valby wrote of Carrey’s casting. “…But after three episodes, Carrey still hasn’t managed to break through. Maybe he’s too physical a performer, or too needy a showman, to capture the flapjack earnestness of the former vice president.”
Describing Carrey as “a monkey tasked with playing a tortoise”, Valby described the comedian as seemingly “stuck doing uncomfortable schtick at half speed”.
On Twitter, users expressed similar views, with one person writing: “Jim Carrey's SNL Biden shtick is just a cringe superspreader. Based on a doddering Biden who doesn't exist, from all we've seen recently, it's both-sidesism - ineffective comedy hydroxychloroquine. Satire's rooted in truth.”
“It pains me to say this, because I truly love Jim Carrey – but I'm not a fan of his Joe Biden. Jason Sudeikis and Woody Harrelson were much better imo,” another person wrote. Sudeikis and Harrelson have both portrayed the vice president on SNL in the past.
Jim Carrey's #SNL Biden shtick is just a cringe-superspreader. Based on a doddering Biden who doesn't exist, from all we've seen recently, it's both-sidesism - ineffective comedy hydroxychloroquine. Satire's rooted in truth.
— Mark "ROTTER" Rahner (@markrahner) October 18, 2020
It pains me to say this, because I truly love Jim Carrey—but I'm not a fan of his Joe Biden. Jason Sudeikis and Woody Harrelson were much better imo
— Taylor Barrett @ 🏡 | BLM (@TaylorMBarrett) October 18, 2020
Jim Carrey is an amazingly bad Joe Biden.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) October 18, 2020
I say this with love and respect: it's not too late to replace Jim Carrey and get someone else--anyone else--to play Joe Biden. Let Kate McKinnon do it. She's already there, and she'll nail the role. Have mercy on us all.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 18, 2020
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