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THE DAILY NEWSLETTER – MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

MEDIA WINNER: SNL’s James Austin Johnson

It’s not easy being the new kid in class, especially when that class is broadcast nationally on live television. But James Austin Johnson held his own this weekend as one of the new members of Saturday Night Live’s cast for its 47th season, delivering a performance that has us looking forward to what he’ll contribute to NBC’s sketch comedy show.

Johnson’s debut came during the cold open, playing the role of President Joe Biden — literally and figuratively front and center.

It’s a character that has humbled more seasoned actors; Jim Carrey’s portrayal last season was panned as “squishing his face in odd
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