Billy Crystal Takes on "Insane" VP Debate, Teases Voting Spot With Bill Kristol for Florida Seniors

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The legendary comedian appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Wednesday night and shared his thoughts on Pence's debate performance before talking about a new political ad directed by Rob Reiner that sees Crystal endorsing Joe Biden alongside the conservative commentator.

Billy Crystal took a few shots at Vice President Mike Pence's debate performance before debuting a new voting ad slated to run in Florida during his Wednesday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Appearing virtually, wearing a Yankees hat, the Long Island native told host Jimmy Kimmel that he hadn't spent his Wednesday night watching the professional baseball team but the vice presidential debate, which he dubbed "insane."

"The debate was insane," Crystal said. "Pence to me is like the guy that you say to your wife, 'Why did you invite him?'"

Much of the veteran actor-comedian's commentary on the political event featured open criticisms of Pence, including calling out the "squinty thing" the VP does with his eyes, and the 210,000 Americans that have died from COVID-19, then he dropped a Notorious B.I.G. reference.

"If he was a rapper, I think is his name would be Notorious B.I.G.O.T.," Crystal joked. "I mean to this guy, you know, Roots is like a romantic comedy."

During the interview, Crystal also spoke about his experience of meeting several U.S. presidents over the years, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, both the Bushes and, of course, Trump. At one point, Crystal recounted an experience of meeting President George W. Bush during a White House screening of the 2001 sports drama 61.

Crystal, who directed the film, recounted how Bush caught an error in the film, which featured a home run in the film that was depicted as being hit off of pitcher Frank Lary, though in real life it was thrown by left-hander Hank Aguirre. "It's wrong, and he caught it. He saw that the 53rd home run was hit by Hank Aguirre," Crystal said. "That he saw, but the weapons of mass destruction?"

The multihyphenate entertainer also teased a clip of a new get-out-the-vote political ad slated to run in Florida in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The 30-second spot, which was produced in conjunction with the Jewish Democratic Council of America and directed by Rob Reiner, features both Crystal and Kristol throwing their support behind Joe Biden.

After the comedian and political commentator are introduced, the two get into a small quibble about which "Bill" was actually called upon to do the endorsement, eventually mutually agreeing that while they "never agree on anything," they're both there to talk about a "president with a plan for COVID" as Kristol says, before Crystal chimes in with other issues like Medicare and Social Security.

Crystal told Kimmel that the conservative commentator had approached him about doing the ad, which is aimed at getting Florida's senior citizens to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket, so "then there's almost no way that Trump can win the election." After calling Kristol's willingness to do the ad in light of his "disdain for what's happened to his party" both "great and noble of him," Crystal dubbed the duo "ivory and ivory" and explained why now was the time to do a political ad after years of supporting candidates less visibly.

"I don't really come out and say it," Crystal said. "I do it with the way of, you know, investing in sending money and so on and so forth and supporting. But this was such a great way to educate people, especially seniors who care about Medicaid, who care about Medicare and Social Security, and health care in a humorous way to get them to vote for the right guy, which is Joe Biden."

Watch the full segment below.