NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Live from New York, it’s Larry David.
The man behind “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Broadway’s “A Fish In The Dark” stole the show in the opening sketch of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with his impersonation of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
David took the stage to a huge round of applause.
“We’re doomed! We need a revolution! Millions of people on the streets! And we gotta do something and we gotta do it now,” David said, spoofing the politician.
“I’m the only candidate up here who’s not a billionaire. I don’t have a SuperPAC. I don’t even have a backpack. I carry my stuff around loose in my arms, like a professor. I own one pair of underwear. That’s it! Some of these billionaires, they got three, four pairs. I don’t have a drier. I have to put my clothes on the radiator. So who do you want as president? One of these Washington insiders? Or a guy that has one pair of clean underwear that he dries on a radiator?” the comedian joked.
Sanders himself took the impersonation in stride.
“Yes. Last week I bought my second pair of underwear. That’s a joke!” Sanders quipped out on the campaign trail.
The show also marked the triumphant return of comedian Tracy Morgan in his first appearance on the program since a crash that left him in a coma.
“I was in a terrible car accident more than a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world,” the comic said in his opening monologue.
“People are wondering, ‘Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?”‘ he asked. “The truth is, I never did. I might even be a few points higher.”
In one sketch, he was joined by “30 Rock” co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. Fey broke character to inject a serious note: “We’re so happy you’re OK. We’re even happier you’re ready to make people laugh again.”
Morgan also brought back a couple of his familiar characters — Astronaut Jones (stranded on Mars, a la Matt Damon in “The Martian”) and animal expert Brian Fellow (joined by a real camel, who mostly cooperated).
Morgan suffered severe head trauma in June 2014 when a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike slammed into the back of the limo van he was riding in. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, a mentor of Morgan’s, was killed in the crash. Morgan was in a coma for two weeks. Three other passengers suffered serious injuries.
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