He may be behind in the delegate math but Bernie Sanders has been on a hot streak lately. He’s won seven of the last eight states which could lead to a big victory later in the year. But I’m not talking about taking the White House which is looking unlikely. Rather, the Emmys may well ‘feel the Bern’ with Larry David winning for his socko “SNL” performance as the seasoned Senator from Vermont.
David’s likeness to Sanders had the internet buzzing before his first appearances as the presidential candidate on “Saturday Night Live” several times last fall. He then hosted the show, which he wrote for briefly back in the eighties, in February and Sanders appeared alongside him. Last weekend, he returned to 30 Rock to play the politico and spar with “SNL” host Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who reprised her role as Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld,” the classic sitcom that David co-created.
David won two Emmy awards in 1993 for writing and producing “Seinfeld” but has never won an acting award despite five bids for “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Emmy history is on his side to finally prevail for a performance. Back in 2008, another “SNL writer,” Tina Fey, returned to the show to play Sarah Palin in a series of sketches, including one with the real-life Vice-Presidential candidate. While Palin (and McCain) lost, Fey won the Comedy Guest Actress Emmy.
Since “SNL” hosts started competing in the comedy guest acting races in 2009, the long-running sketch comedy series has dominated, winning six of the 14 races: Fey (2009) and Betty White (2010) prevailed as Comedy Guest Actress, while Justin Timberlake (2009 and 2011) and Jimmy Fallon (2012 and 2014) both claimed Comedy Guest Actor twice.
Regardless of whether Sanders prevails, his voice has left a indelible mark on the American consciousness and, just as importantly, could earn David his first acting Emmy. And that’s prettay… prettaaay… prettaaaaay… good.