Ever since Larry David’s impression of Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live,” during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, viewers have become a fan of his performance.
Apparently, the reason for his perfect mimicry lies in his DNA. As it turns out, the two are related!
At Television Critics Association press tour, where David was promoting the upcoming return of his HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” it was accidentally revealed that the two are distant cousins.
When a reporter asked him to elaborate, David refused to provide details and said, “Some distant cousin, I don’t know.”
“They told me not to say anything about it. You just spilled the beans,” he added.
David discovered about the relationship when he took part in “Finding Your Roots,” a PBS program which tells more about a celebrity’s history and lineage. The episode is slated to be aired later this year.
The comedian expressed that he was “very happy” to find out about the connection.
"I thought there must be some connection. I love Bernie," he said.
At the press tour, he also spoke about how his role as Sanders in SNL came to be.
“During the first debate between Bernie and Hillary [Clinton], Lorne Michaels (the creator of SNL) got emails and calls during the debate, saying that I should be doing Bernie Sanders," he said.
He also said that it all started when talent agent Ari Emanuel called him up and said, “What did you think?”
“I said 'You know, it would be a good thing for Saturday Night Live,’ not thinking in a million years,” he told the audience.
During his SNL stint, David was so perfect he sparked a new debate, called “Are Bernie and Larry the same person?”
The two also made headlines when Sanders made an appearance on SNL.
The “cousins” stood side-by-side, during a Titanic-esque skit during the show. David played an Irish aristocrat of sorts, who attempted to convince the ship's captain to save him instead of women and children while everyone attempted to flee the sinking vessel. That was when Sanders made a surprise appearance on the stage.
“Hold on, hold on, wait a second,” Sanders said to applause from the crowd. “I’m so sick of the 1 percent getting this preferential treatment,” he said, adding a familiar line from his rallies. “Enough is enough.”
The skit was an instant hit as the meeting of the two “Bernies” was something the audience had eagerly awaited.
Larry David learns on the upcoming season of Finding Your Roots that he is distantly related to Bernie Sanders. #TCA17— Andy Dehnart (@realityblurred) July 27, 2017
Larry David admits his doppelganger, Bernie Sanders is in his family lineage, as discovered by #FindingYourRoots. Prob some distant cousin.— Gary Levin (@GaryMLevin) July 27, 2017
Critic reveals a secret from an upcoming Finding Your Roots on PBS: Larry David is actually related to Bernie Sanders! #TCA17— Jim Colucci (@jimcolucci) July 27, 2017