President Donald Trump can’t seem to get enough of show business, often taking time out of his busy schedule to critique the work of Meryl Streep, “Saturday Night Live” and replacement “Apprentice” host Arnold Schwarzenegger on Twitter. Now he’s finally getting his own late-night talk show … sort of. Comedy Central has released a new trailer for “The President Show,” which Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik will host in character as the tweeter-in-chief alongside his sidekick Mike Pence (played by Peter Grosz). Check out Atamanuik’s uncanny impression above. The show will air weekly on Thursday nights at 11:30pm starting April 27.
Said Atamanuik in a statement, “Laughing at the president is a proud American tradition, and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department. But our political system is too broken for us to be content joking about one man, even though he is a disastrous silly little toddler boy. Mostly, I’d just like to thank Comedy Central for giving us this platform to speak truth to power, and if we’re lucky, end up in prison!”
This isn’t the first time an ironic character portrayal has headlined a talk show. For nine years Stephen Colbert played a satirical Bill O’Reilly-esque version of himself on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” for which he won six Emmys. But wouldn’t it be ironic if Atamanuik won an Emmy for being Trump after Trump himself tried and failed to win Emmys for “The Apprentice”? He was nominated twice for Best Reality-Competition Program (2004-2005), losing both times to “The Amazing Race.” The show was never nominated again, and those snubs clearly stung because Trump was still tweeting about the Emmys almost a decade later. In April 2013 he wrote, “I should have many Emmys for ‘The Apprentice’ if the process were fair.”
Now it looks like there will be three Trumps on the Emmy ballot. Trump himself is still eligible as a producer of Schwarzenegger’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Alec Baldwin is also a contender for playing Trump on “SNL.” And now Atamanuik could throw his hat in the ring in the variety categories. Which Trump do you think most deserves an Emmy? Vote in our poll below.
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