Jim Carrey’s star may have faded from his heyday when the rubber-faced comedian was one of the most popular and bankable actors on the planet, but it was still a huge coup when Saturday Night Live secured his services to recur on the latest season as Joe Biden. Fans were initially very receptive to the idea, but opinion shifted dramatically once he eventually made his debut and his performance came under heavy criticism for being absolutely nothing like the politician, with Carrey instead opting to play an extension of his established screen persona, albeit one caked in old age makeup.
Of course, SNL is nowhere near the cultural touchstone that it once was, but it still manages to generate fervent debate on a weekly basis. However, now that Biden has been named as the President-elect depending on which side of the fence you fall on, Saturday Night Live fans have backtracked and are celebrating the fact that Jim Carrey dusted off one of his signature catchphrases for this week’s cold open, and you can check out just some of the reactions below.
JIM CARREY DID ONE OF HIS THINGS!!! ❤️ https://t.co/6WPlDL2d23
— Lucas Rush (@lucasrush) November 8, 2020
7 year old me when Jim Carrey did Ace Ventura on SNL pic.twitter.com/Gzu57HDTcx
— Charles J. Moore (@charles270) November 8, 2020
LUUUOOOOOOOOZZZZZEEEEERRRRR BIG MOOD @JimCarrey
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 8, 2020
— Kenneth Cole (@kennethcolereal) November 8, 2020
i. love. jim. carrey.
— queen quen (@quenblackwell) November 8, 2020
Jim Carrey just brought the Ace Ventura Le-HOOOO-SEEE-HER out of retirement and everyone born between 1979 and 1984 has finally be completely and utterly validated.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 8, 2020
— Eggnog Enthusiast (@SkitchSinatra) November 8, 2020
— Tim Eremite (@CharcoalBreath) November 8, 2020
snl bring back amy poehler to play leslie knope and do a sketch with her and jim carrey as joe biden challenge
— leigh 🍁 (@sincereleigh_me) November 7, 2020
4 years of Maya Rudolph and Jim Carrey on SNL. I love that for us!! pic.twitter.com/3C5WOzwG1x
— nathan (@868nathan) November 7, 2020
This time last week, Carrey would have no doubt been slaughtered online for pulling out an Ace Ventura gag for his stint as Saturday Night Live‘s Joe Biden, but it wouldn’t be unfair to say that the mood in some circles is a lot more buoyant than it was seven days ago. With the Presidential election now over, though, or at least the voting process over, it remains to be seen how heavily the Liar Liar star will factor into the rest of the season given that Biden isn’t scheduled to officially take office until January of next year.