Not Just Doppelgangers: Larry David and Bernie Sanders are Actually Related

David impersonating Sanders on SNL

Some pretty, pretty, pretty good news came out on Wednesday during the Television Critics Association Press Tour.


Everyone’s favorite cynic, Larry David, revealed that he is distantly related to fellow Brooklyn native and lookalike Senator Bernie Sanders.


According to David, Sanders is a “third cousin or something.”



“I was very happy about that,” noted the “Seinfeld” creator, who learned of the relationship while filming the PBS series, "Finding Your Roots." “I thought there must be some kind of connection there.”  


During the 2015-6 election cycle, David impersonated Sanders on numerous occasions for the variety show, “Saturday Night Live,” a matter which he discussed at the event as well.


According to David, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels and WME-IMG Co-CEO Ari Emmanuel persuaded him to play Sanders on the show after the first Democratic primary debate in 2015.


During the first debate between Bernie and Hillary, Lorne Michaels got emails and calls during the debate, saying that I should be doing Bernie Sanders,” he said.  “Ari Emanuel called me up and said, ‘What did you think?’”


At first, David was reluctant to play the part. When Emmanuel asked if the comedian would post a video of himself as Sanders on the internet, he denied the request.


“I said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. That’s not me. I don’t care,’” remembered the actor. “Then I said, ‘You know, it would be a good thing for “Saturday Night Live”,’ not thinking in a million years…”


Within minutes of the interaction, David was on the phone with both Michaels and Emmanuel planning the appearance, which earned him an Emmy nomination.


David spoke at the Television Critics Association event to promote the upcoming season of his hit show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which will return to HBO on October 1 after a six-year hiatus.


No word yet on whether Sanders will make a surprise guest appearance.


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