'SNL': See Jim Carrey transform into Joe Biden for the first time in new promo
Jim Carrey is gearing up for his latest character transformation.
But instead of donning his "Dumb and Dumber" bowl cut or another bright green mask, Carrey is taking on the look of someone more political: presidential candidate Joe Biden.
"Saturday Night Live" unveiled the first look at Carrey as the Democratic nominee on Thursday in a promo that shows the "Sonic the Hedgehog" star getting suited up in a white-hair wig, Converse shoes and aviator sunglasses.
The 18-second video starts off showing a costume rack, before cutting to a close-up shot of a wig getting attached to Carrey's scalp. Carrey is joined in the promo by "SNL" alum Maya Rudolph, who also gets into costume for her turn as Biden's running mate Kamala Harris.
Rudolph portrayed Harris on the live sketch comedy show during the Democratic primary debates.
The promo ends with the two comedians standing back-to-back, outfitted as their political alter egos. Carrey then puts on some shades and flashes a wide grin at the camera.
"SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels announced Carrey's casting in an interview with Vulture published Sept. 16.
"Jim Carrey is going to do Biden," Michaels said. "There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively."
Michaels added: "He will give the part energy and strength, and … (laughs). Hopefully it’s funny."
The 46th season of the sketch comedy show will be "Live from New York" on Oct. 3 (11:30 EDT/8:30 PDT), once again airing from Studio 8H after coronavirus forced the show to take a hiatus last season. The show later produced three episodes virtually, with cast members performing from their homes.
"SNL" will open the season with new episodes on at least five consecutive Saturdays, something the show has never done before, Michaels said.
"There are four debates and then it’s Halloween, and that’s the weekend before the election," Michaels said. "And sadly, if the election gets extended, then we’ll be doing six or seven shows in a row.”
Michaels also said the show intends to have a studio audience when it returns.
New York's COVID-19 rules for "media production," which cover "Saturday Night Live" and other television shows, allow for an in-person audience of up to 100 people – so long as those people are cast members, employees or part of the crew.
"SNL" has already begun accepting requests for free tickets for the Oct. 3 show and dress rehearsal through 1iota, an audience casting agency. Audience members will be required to wear face masks and take a rapid COVID-19 test to attend, according to the agency.
That ticketing process could be in conflict with state restrictions.
New York Department of Health spokesman Gary Holmes Wednesday said the state's rules, communicated to "SNL," state that "offering tickets to the general public without the appropriate casting and screening process is not allowed."
In response, an "SNL" representative said the show is working with the department and following all guidelines.
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Contributing: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY; John Campbell, USA TODAY Network