When SNL announced that Larry David would host, you knew there had to be a few Bernie Sanders sketches and, lo and behold, there were. The better of the two was a digital short with David as Sanders that incorporated all his quirks from Curb Your Enthusiasm. A few spiraling interactions with potential voters, a quest for milk that isn’t two percent, a good dose of that ear worm of a theme song, and suddenly you understand why David-as-Bernie is behind at the polls.
Later in the night, SNL brought on Senator Sanders himself for a cameo in a sketch about immigrants to the U.S. You might have thought that the show would go for high-minded humor here, perhaps something with an “immigrants are good, Trump is bad” angle. And yes, there was some of that — Sanders gets in a little dig at the one percent — but the punchlines here are solidly “check the pubes” and “taxis are expensive” jokes. Good on the senator for playing along, we guess.