Larry David Meets 'Bernie Sanderswitzski'

Candidate drops by for cameo on 'Saturday Night Live'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2016 9:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Bernie Sanders came face to face with Larry David on Saturday Night Live, the latest presidential candidate to meet up with the actor who plays him or her on the show. "Bernie Sanderswitzski" found himself aboard a sinking ship as David's 1-percenter character tried to weasel his way onto a lifeboat, notes NPR. The encounter went a little something like this, reports Rolling Stone: "I am so sick of the 1% getting this preferential treatment. Enough is enough," Sanders says. "We need to unite and work together if we're all going to get through this."

Responds David: "Sounds like socialism to me." "Democratic socialism," Sanders corrects. David asks, "What's the difference?" And in a nod to Donald Trump and David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sanders responds, "Huge difference." It wasn't the only nod to the show: David also starred in a sketch called "Bern Your Enthusiasm." Both clips are in the gallery. "Overall, there wasn't a lot of Sanders' performance to judge," writes Sam Sanders at NPR, noting that Sanders' cameo was shorter than both Trump and Hillary Clinton, but that he appeared at the end, "soaking it all in, smiling. No curmudgeonly 'Bern Your Enthusiasm' Sanders present at all." (Read more Bernie Sanders stories.)

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