'SNL': Alex Moffat takes over Joe Biden role from Jim Carrey, tumbles into Mike Pence's vaccination
It did not take "Saturday Night Live" long to find Jim Carrey's replacement to play President-elect Joe Biden.
Hours after Carrey announced he would no longer play Biden, Alex Moffat made a tumbling entry onto the "SNL" stage for the last show of 2020.
Literally, Moffat's Biden did a somersault in his boot cast – straight into the scene where Vice President Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett) was receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.
Bennett's Pence alluded to the new Biden casting: "Joe, you look different somehow."
Jim Carrey leaves 'SNL':The comedian announces he will no longer play Joe Biden
"I'm like Colonel Sanders – every time you see me, I'm a different guy," said Moffat's upbeat Biden. "There's a good chance that this time next year, I'm going to be Mario Lopez. Now, where are the vaccines at?"
The sketch began with Bennett's Pence preparing to get his shot, saying: "I'm sure all Americans are excited to see me, the guy who let COVID spread everywhere, get one of the vaccines."
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) was the first to crash the vaccination, prompting Bennett's Pence to ask: "How did you even get into the White House?"
Rudolph's Harris replied, simply: "I won more votes," prompting cheers from the studio audience.
"I suppose you and Joe might be here soon if those election results hold up," said Bennett's Pence, prompting Rudolph's Harris to slap him for continuing to cast doubt on the November presidential election results.
"OK, I'm sorry, Trump made me do it," said Bennett's Pence. "He says I have to help overturn the election or he'll make my Spotify playlist public."
Rudolph's Harris then introduced, "My man, Joe Biden. Get in here Joe," prompting Moffat's grand entrance.
Carrey took to Twitter early Saturday saying he will not be returning to the sketch comedy show to portray Biden.
"Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President ... comedy’s highest call of duty," Carrey tweeted. "I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that (expletive). But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!"
In the episode, hosted by Kristen Wiig, Pence's real-life, high-profile vaccination on Friday was alluded to in a joke by "Weekend Update" host Michael Che. "It’s the first time he’s ever been OK with using protection," Che cracked of the socially conservative Pence.
Carrey was referenced in another skit on "SNL": Wiig and Mikey Day played a Whoville couple who had a threesome with the Grinch, played by Pete Davidson. The character was modeled after Carrey's live-action Grinch from the 2000 movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."