Yup, Larry David and Bernie Sanders are totally, really related

The uncanny similarity between David and Sanders is, apparently, not a coincidence

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 27, 2017 3:31PM (EDT)

Bernie Sanders; Larry David   (AP/Kay Nietfeld/Chris Pizzello)
Bernie Sanders; Larry David (AP/Kay Nietfeld/Chris Pizzello)

If you were a fan of "Saturday Night Live" during the 2016 presidential election (and let's be real, who wasn't?), then you probably remember Larry David's spot-on impression of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Whether you backed Sanders or his chief opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the chances are you could agree that David's impersonation of Sanders was so uncanny it almost seemed like they were related.

As it turns out, that's because they are related.

An upcoming episode of the hit PBS show "Finding Your Roots" will reveal that David and Sanders are distantly related, according to a report by CNN. Although David had been told to keep this news as a secret, a reporter who had seen an advance screener of the episode asked him about the revelation during a Television Critics Association press tour.

After saying that he was "very happy" about learning that he and the cantankerous democratic socialist were related, David admitted that he didn't remember exactly how they were genealogically connected. He speculated that Sanders was "like a third cousin or something."

He also seemed unsurprised to learn that he and Sanders share roots. "I thought there must be some connection," David said. "I love Bernie."

The series "Finding Your Roots" has not been without its share of controversy. It was temporarily suspended in 2015 after it was discovered that actor Ben Affleck had pressured producers into omitting reference to ancestors of his who had owned slaves. PBS decided not to air the show again until there were staffing changes.


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. His diverse interests are reflected in his interview, including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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