The U.S. Senator You Likely Didn’t Know Is Related To Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David

When it came time to cast Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live” ahead of the 2016 election, Larry David’s name came up multiple times, first by head writer Sarah Schneider, then at a dinner between Lorne Michaels and Tracy Morgan, who was set to host that week. After the dinner, Michaels received a phone call from David’s agent suggesting the same thing.

David appeared as Sanders in six episodes during Seasons 41 and 42, usually during mock debate sketches. In February 2016, the pair shared the stage in an episode hosted by David, in which they played two passengers on a sinking ship. In the same episode, David acted in a laugh-out-loud parody called “Bern Your Enthusiasm.” The sketch plays out like a “Curb” episode in miniature, with Bernie’s neuroses and germaphobic tendencies causing primary voters to switch their votes to Hillary Clinton. David’s Bernie rails against millionaires and billionaires, all while getting cursed out by Cecily Strong’s pitch-perfect Susie.

Even after learning that Sanders was his cousin, David continued to play the senator once in a while, specifically ahead of the 2020 election. Still, he wasn’t too upset that his relative didn’t make it to the White House, as he was off the hook for four years of “SNL” appearances. “If he wins, do you know what that’s going to do to my life?” David joked to The New York Times. “It’ll be great for the country, terrible for me.”


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