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Beck Bennett (as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer) first introduced the candidates. “Hello, Brooklyn! I cannot wait to be your next president,” said Hillary Clinton (played by SNL’s Kate McKinnon). “If I’m elected, of course — not getting ahead of myself … in public. In private I’ve been president for 15 years.”
Bernie Sanders (played by David) told the audience: “I’m not fancy, I’m not the elite. I put on my pants just like all of you. I sit on the edge of the bed and Jane pulls them up for me.”
Taking audience questions, Bennett introduced someone he described as “a longtime New Yorker. She’s worked in publishing and her name is Elaine Benes.”
Seinfeld’s Benes (Louis-Dreyfus) asked Bernie: “How exactly are you gonna break up the big banks?” When he was vague in his answer, she pushed for a more specific solution, to which he replied, “Yada yada yada, they’ll be broken up!”
“No, you can’t ‘yada yada‘ at a debate,” Louis-Dreyfus responded, recalling Seinfeld’s well-known “Yada Yada” episode.
She then turned to Clinton, asking, “Doesn’t it suck to be the only girl in a group of guys?”
“Yes it does, my sister friend!” McKinnon told her, which is when David interrupted: “Well what the hell am I?”
“You’re bald!” she yelled, which fans will recognize as a line she famously spoke to George Costanza in Seinfeld.
The debate then went to an audience question from Rachel Green (Vanessa Bayer), who never got out a question, then to Cliff Huxtable, but David interrupted Bennett before they could get to him. “Oh no no no no, I need black voters but not that bad!”
Louis-Dreyfus ended the debate with a poignant question for Sanders: “You believe that the super rich should pay more in taxes. But wouldn’t that be bad for actors who made a lot of money on a certain very successful sitcom?” she asked David, the creator of Seinfeld. “Would it be even worse for the person who created that sitcom? I mean, wouldn’t he lose a lot of money?”
In the end, David got the hint. “You should vote for her!” he yelled, pointing to Clinton.
Louis-Dreyfus was then joined by her Veep co-star Tony Hale in the monologue, when it was revealed that he was the one holding up cue cards for her and offering up encouragement. She later appeared in two different commercial parodies, showed off a Long Island accent and had a brief affair with her pool boy Pete Davidson.
In a commercial parody, Louis-Dreyfus starred alongside McKinnon and Bennett in an ad for “Heroin AM, the only nondrowsy heroin on the market.” It’s even “available in gummy bears, which you can melt down and inject,” she said, appearing as a hardworking mother and bus driver.
Introducing the Mercedes AA Class in her next commercial parody, Louis-Dreyfus starred on her own in an ad for “the first fully electric luxury sedan powered entirely by AA batteries.” The fake car boasted “no more plugs, no more charging stations. Just 9,648 AA batteries.”
The actress, an SNL castmember from 1982 to 1985, hosted the April 16 episode with musical guest Nick Jonas, who appeared on the show for the first time as a solo artist. Louis-Dreyfus stars in Veep, which returns for season five on April 24, along with HBO hits Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley. Brie Larson will host the May 7 episode of SNL with musical guest Alicia Keys.
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