The NBC variety show returned for its season premiere on Saturday, opening its 47th season with new cast member James Austin Johnson, who took on the role of Biden.
“What is cooking, what is good?” said Johnson’s Biden at the start of the premiere. “How was summer for everyone? Mine was bad.”
Johnson’s Biden added that he “drove all summer without falling down the stairs.”
Johnson’s Biden then brought out a number of Democrats from different ends of the political spectrum. These included Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, played by Cecily Strong, and Sen. Joe Manchin, played by Aidy Bryant, as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, played by Melissa Villaseñor, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, played by Ego Nwodim.
“Is it just me or does she look like all the characters from ‘Scooby-Doo’ at the same time?” Johnson’s Biden said about Strong’s Sinema.
After thanking Biden for “not calling me Kamala,” Nwodim’s Omar said it was “developed in a laboratory to give Tucker Carlson a heart attack.”
Johnson’s Biden attempted to unite the two sides in hopes of finalizing the infrastructure bill. It did not work.
“I’m saying we need at least $ 300 billion in clean energy tax credits,” said Ocasio-Cortez of Villaseñor.
“And I’ll say $ 0,” replied Bryant’s Manchin.
“Do you see? Same side!” Johnson’s Biden said.
Johnson’s Biden tried again and again to find common ground. For example, he asked if everyone liked streets. Sinema from Strong said she doesn’t want roads.
“No roads?” asked Johnson’s Biden. “Why?”
“Chaos,” she replied.
The group was then joined by other Democrats such as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson, and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, played by Alex Moffat. Both were there to promote books. The name of Schumer’s book was “Sandwiches I Have Liked and Tried”, while Cuomo’s book was titled “Whoops”.
Johnson’s Biden said that despite their differences, Democrats are basically all the same.
Davidson’s Cuomo then threw “bolted!”
Then the entire cast started the latest season with the traditional sign-on “Live from New York … It’s Saturday Night!”