SNL: Are Bernie Sanders and Larry David Related?

One is a legendary comedian, writer, and actor. The other is a presidential candidate in the 2020 election. These two couldn’t be more different and yet, Saturday Night Live fans were excited to learn that Bernie Sanders and Larry David are actually related. Here’s what we know about these two public figures and their relationship to one another.

Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Larry David as Bernie Sanders during the "Hillary and Bernie Cold Open" sketch
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Larry David as Bernie Sanders during the “Hillary and Bernie Cold Open” sketch | Dana Edelson/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Larry David oftentimes portrays presidential nominee Bernie Sanders on ‘Saturday Night Live’

For the 2016 election cycle, this comedy series was sure to touch on some of the candidates. Kate McKinnon portrayed Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin portrayed Donald Trump, and Larry David portrayed the other democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders. (Larry David previously worked on television series’ Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld.)

Then, for the 2020 election cycle, Larry David reprised his iconic role, ranting about the top 1% and healthcare for multiple skits and Saturday Night Live cold opens. Kate McKinnon joined him for some sketches, where she portrayed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Recently, Elizabeth Warren united with her doppelgänger and counterpart, Kate McKinnon, for a Saturday Night Live cold open and a viral TikTok challenge. In the past, however, Larry David and Bernie Sanders teamed up to give supporters and viewers a moment to laugh about.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Larry David during the "Steam Ship" sketch
Senator Bernie Sanders and Larry David during the “Steam Ship” sketch | Dana Edelson/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Larry David and Bernie Sanders are actually related

Throughout his campaign, Bernie Sanders partnered with a few unlikely celebrities, including Neil Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Grammy-nominated artist Ariana Grande. However, there’s one connection to Bernie Sanders that has nothing to do with his role in politics.

These two kind of, sort of, look alike. For one PBS special, Bernie Sanders and Larry David discovered that they are, in fact, related. The public figures are cousins, according to Finding Your Roots host, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

There’s no word regarding when, or if Bernie Sanders will reunite with his cousin for another SNL skit. Still, fans on social media shared their love for this unlikely pairing.

One video shows Larry David’s reaction when he finds out he’s related to Bernie Sanders

Viewers can even see the exact moment Bernie Sander and Larry David found out they’re cousins. Henry Louis Gates Jr, the host of Finding Your Roots on PBS, shared folders with these public figures. In it, contained the picture of their unknown family member.

“That is so funny, that is really funny. That is amazing,” Larry David responded to seeing Bernie Sanders’ picture.

“That is unbelievable. Is this true?” Bernie Sanders said, after flipping the page to see Larry David’s picture. “People say to me, they talk about Larry David, and I say, ‘he does a better Bernie Sanders than I do.'”

Larry David continues to portray the Vermont Senator for Saturday Night Live. New episodes of Saturday Night Live premiere on a weekly basis.