Donald Trump impersonator to host Comedy Central late-night series
Donald Trump — or at least someone pretending to be him — is getting into the late-night game.
Comedy Central announced on Monday that it has ordered a weekly talk show called The President Show, starring comedian and Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik.
The show, which was created by Atamanuik, will debut April 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and air weekly on Thursday nights following The Daily Show. The idea is that Trump is subverting the traditional, fake media by hosting a show in the Oval Office, complete with field pieces and guest interviews.
His sidekick is none other than Vice President Mike Pence, who is played by Peter Grosz, a former scribe for The Colbert Report whose recent credits include Veep, Vinyl, and a lot of Sonic Drive-In commercials.
“Laughing at the President is a proud American tradition and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department,” Atamanuik said in a statement. “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 news — which was cryptically hinted at last week with a Comedy Central announcement — gives noted Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin some competition in late night, as the 30 Rock alum recurs on Saturday Night Live as the president. Atamanuik auditioned for that role on SNL, and the two faux Trumps have also exchanged some not-exactly-friendly words on Twitter.
Atamanuik, whose credits include Difficult People, Broad City, and, yes, 30 Rock, is known for his Trump impressions. He played the now-president on a 40-city “Trump vs. Bernie” U.S. tour and in debate and sketch specials for Fusion. Atamanuik also released an album, Trump Vs. Bernie: Live From Brooklyn.
Comedy Central is more than familiar with Atamanuik’s take on Trump, as he co-hosted a week-long Trump takeover of @midnight. He also was a writer on the Comedy Central special Time Traveling Bong, starring Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame.
Among the show’s executive producers are Adam Pally (Making History), Jason Ross (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Atamanuik, and Grosz.
The Chris Hardwick-hosted @midnight will slide to midnight on Thursdays following The President Show, and air at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
The network also recently announced a weekly late night series with Jim Jefferies that will debut this summer.
You can get a preview of The President Show in the new teaser above, in which Atamanuik as Trump says “failing” Comedy Central begged him to do the show and he’ll get “some of the best ratings.”