Watch ‘The Donald’ Throw A Full-Scale Trumper-Tantrum On Comedy Central’s ‘The President Show’
If You Haven’t Been Watching Comedy Central’s ‘The President Show’ You Seriously Need to Start Right Now
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Donald Trump isn’t visiting schools and talking to children, shall we? If ever there’s been a President who shouldn’t visit a classroom, reading “My Pet Goat” to a group of kids that have a vocabulary only one or two grades removed from the leader of the free world, it’s Trump.
Then again, watching The Donald crafting friendship bracelets, helping children with a construction project involving toys, and throwing a full-scale Trumper-tantrum when it’s time to leave… that’s pretty epic.
That’s what happened this week on The President Show, a new half-hour talk/ skit show airing Thursday nights on Comedy Central. And like everything else the show has done so far to date, you’ll find yourself laughing nonstop from start to finish.
The President Show is hosted by Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik, whose impression is easily one of the two best you’ll see on television. Whereas Alec Baldwin plays Trump fairly straightforward and “realistic” on SNL, Atamanuik’s Trump is a hilarious cartoony caricature. Which of these brilliant performances you prefer is a matter of preference, but both of them are definitely excellent, and I’d find it difficult to believe anyone could dislike either (well, unless you’re a humorless Trump supporter, that is). But for me, Atamanuik’s campier Trump is more up my alley, tiny-hands-down.
Each episode of The President Show begins with Trump/ Atamanuik taking questions from a fake press corps before retreating to the Oval Office for a couch segment with a satirical Mike Pence, where they often introduce skits and chat about current events. We then see Trump retreat to Mar-A-Lago where he sits down for an interview, with his guest playing along in a fashion similar to what we all saw on Stephen Colbert‘s Colbert Report back in the day. So far, “Trump” has interviewed Keith Olbermann, Dan Savage, and Linda Sarsour, nailing Trump right down to his goofy, awkward, overly-aggressive handshake.
Atamanuik first gave the world his awesome Trump impression on another Comedy Central program that I never miss, @Midnight, which is hosted by Chris Hardwick, the host of AMC’s Talking Dead and my own personal spirit-human. If you haven’t seen that comedy game show’s incredible episode that pitted an excellent Bernie Sanders impersonator against Atamanuik’s Donald Trump, you need to remedy that ASAFP… it was the funniest thing to happen on television in 2016, in my humble opinion.
The show’s first three episodes can be watched for free on Comedy Central’s website. You should definitely see them when you have some free time. The sheer comedy throughput of this show is “unpresidented.” See what I did there?
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Matt Terzi is a political satirist and essayist from Binghamton, New York, who has written for some of the most prominent satire publications in the country. He’s now moving into more “serious” subject matter, without losing touch with his comedic roots