Former Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis returned to the sketch comedy series on Saturday as Joe Biden, mocking the former vice president over accusations of touching multiple women inappropriately. Sudeikis is one of the more well known SNL stars of recent years, having performed on the show from 2005 until 2013. During his time on the program, Sudeikis had often portrayed Biden, who was of course serving as the vice president of the United States during that time. While Sudeikis had portrayed other politicians like Mitt Romney and George W. Bush, it was certainly his Biden impression which was the most memorable.
The cold open skit focuses on Biden (Jason Sudeikis) meeting with a consultant (Kate McKinnon) to discuss the allegations of inappropriate physical contact. Because Biden seems insistent he's doing nothing wrong, the idea is for him to meet with undecided women voters to evaluate if his behavior goes too far. First, he meets with a potential voter (Aidy Bryant), and clearly has problems keeping his hands to himself, cradling her face and nearly going in for a kiss. "I gotta keep it neutral, and greet her like I'm greeting a guy," Biden says, grabbing the woman and giving her a noogie. This gets Biden a punch to the gut, causing him to miss out on another possible voter.
Next, a second undecided voter (Leslie Jones) comes out to meet with Biden, but things go much differently this time. "Oh my god, you're Obama's granddaddy!" she exclaims, rushing in to give Biden a big hug. "I sure as hell am, get in here!" Biden responds, hugging the woman tightly. The former vice president then bends over, letting the voter spank and grope his buttocks. "I am so going to vote for you," the woman says before exiting, surprising everyone else in the room except Biden. "Let's hug it out, America, what do you say? Biden and some woman in 2020, we can do this!" the presidential hopeful optimistically proclaims.
Joe Biden has come up as a potential name to run against Donald Trump in 2020's presidential election, but his chances may have been tarnished. The former vice president has been criticized in the past for inappropriate touching and being unable to respect personal space. Last month, the controversy accelerated when former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores accused Biden of kissing her without consent in 2014. Multiple other women followed suit, publicly disclosing their own allegations of Biden's inappropriate physical contact. Because of the national attention the controversy is receiving, it was the perfect time to bring back Sudeikis to portray the presidential hopeful once more.
Following his run on SNL, Sudeikis has found success elsewhere in Hollywood. He has since appeared in many different movies, including We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, Mother's Day, and Kodachrome. The actor has found plenty of success with voiceover work as well. He provides the lead voice of Red in The Angry Birds Movie, and will reprise the role in this year's sequel. Sudeikis also voiced Zorn on the animated comedy series Son of Zorn, which aired on Fox in 2016. The comic actor is also working on the comedy movie El Tonto from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, along with Kate Beckinsale, Edie Falco, John Malkovich, Adrien Brody, and Ray Liotta.
Sudeikis can be considered one of the funniest actors to come out of SNL in recent years, and his presence on the series has been missed since his departure. If Biden ends up pursuing a presidential bid in 2020 even with the current controversy surrounding him, chances are we'll be seeing Sudeikis coming back for more skits. You can watch SNL's cold open featuring Sudeikis in the video below!