Senator and former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his first late-night television appearance as president, appearing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live just weeks before the midterm elections.
Biden is set to appear as guest host on Saturday Night Live, hosted by Amy Poehler, the NBC comedy show announced on Friday. It will be the first time that the former vice president has hosted SNL since his 2007 appearance.
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A Biden appearance on SNL would be an important and risky foray into the world of late-night television comedy. Biden has only ever appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher in August. He also appeared with HBO’s John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight last year.
Biden is trailing Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton in the polls for his presidential campaign. His consistently low polling numbers make him an appealing target for political comedians.
Politicians typically make late-night TV appearances to trumpet themselves as someone who can handle themselves well in the cultural spotlight. The latest US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, only appeared on SNL last Saturday as the guest host for the second time.