On last night’s premiere of PBS’ Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Bernie Sanders and the man who performed as him during last year’s primary on Saturday Night Live found out that they’re actually related.
Larry had accidentally let slip that there was some connection back in August before the show came out. But the reactions from the two men during the show Tuesday night were absolutely priceless. PBS released a clip of the episode on the show’s Facebook page, which, I’m happy to report, has over 90,000 fans. I guess I just really like PBS.
Anyway, whether simply their ethnic background and geographic proximity made it more likely, or whether the most popular politician in America really does have a doppelgänger in one of America’s favorite comedians, it turns out that Bernie Sanders and Larry David are cousins.
We match your DNA against anybody that’s ever been in any of my series. If you have long identical stretches, that means you’re cousins.”
Bernie seemed content to simply see the big reveal, but Larry had high hopes, saying “Oh, I have some cousins? I hope it’s a good athlete!”
But once each star opened the book containing the results, they were flabbergasted. Larry immediately broke into his now-trademarked Bernie voice, exclaiming “What the hell?!” And after a few long minutes of laughter, Senator Sanders got close and quiet with Henry Gates:
People say to me, you know, they talk about Larry David, and I say ‘He does a better Bernie Sanders than I do!'”
Both men thought the revelation was hilarious, and Larry even started calling the Vermont lawmaker “Cousin Bernie.”
What the hilarious clip here:
The storyline of the two men is absolutely startling, including Larry finding out his own mother had a different first name than he ever knew her as, and an examination of Bernie’s Jewish roots that was previously unknown to him.
Finding Your Roots’ fourth season airs on PBS on Tuesdays at 8PM/7 Central.
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