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Jim Carrey will officially play Joe Biden on 'Saturday Night Live'

The show returns with a limited audience on October 3.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

We've got a slew of good news concerning Saturday Night Live: The show returns for its 46th season on October 3 and will air five consecutive episodes right up until the election—the first time in history the show will air these many back-to-back episodes.

A limited audience will be allowed in-studio (the crew is working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to come up with a protocol) and—drum roll, please—Jim Carrey will play presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"There was some interest on his part, and then we responded, obviously, positively," show producer Lorne Michaels told Vulture about the Carrey choice. "But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He will give the part energy and strength and, hopefully, it's funny."

The role was most recently taken on by Woody Harrelson but the likes of Jason Sudeikis, John Mulaney and Kevin Nealon have played Biden in the past.

Of course, Carrey joins a roster of pretty hilarious comedians playing this season's American political figures. Alec Baldwin is set to reprise his take on President Donald Trump and, although no official announcement has yet been made, we're expecting Maya Rudolph to return as current Democratic vice Presidential pick Kamala Harris alongside Beck Bennett's Mike Pence. 

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