Anthony Atamanuik is bringing his Trump to Comedy Central!
Last week Comedy Central teased that The President Show was coming to late night with no further information other than “HUUUGE News in Late Night!” and “Late night TV is broken. A TOTAL DISASTER. I alone can fix it!@PresidentShow.”
The obvious guess of course was that CC was bringing a full time Trump to the channel to serve as a late night television show. We suspected and hoped that the Trump they were bringing was Anthony Atamanuik and today Comedy Central made it official. It’s a groundbreaking move, of course. No one has hosted a late night show as a sitting President. Atamanuik’s Trump will be hosting the show straight from the Oval Office where he can talk directly to “the People.” Comedy Central promises desk segments, field pieces and guest interviews. Vice-President Mike Pence is featured as his sidekick, played by Peter Grosz.
The show is created by and stars Anthony Atamanuik who has been thrilling fans portraying Trump since the Donald announced his run for President- initially as a 40 city touring debate series with James Adomian playing Bernie Sanders- (that resulted in a Fusion special and an album), and later solo throughout Donald’s run for President. He has also performed as Trump multiple times on radio, ABC’s The View, CNN Newsroom and co-hosted a week-long Trump takeover of Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick and performed his solo show “Trump Dump” at the UCB New York City theater, SXSW Festival, and Moontower Comedy Festival. Last year, he was honored as one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” at the 2016 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
Atamanuik was recently the subject of a pissing match with another “Donald Trump.” Alec Baldwin called him out on Jimmy Kimmel Live, seemingly annoyed that someone else was getting critical love for playing the President, and calling him a “guy who’s on the internet.” The dig turned into a full-scale Twitter brawl with Atamanuik’s fans and friends fighting back against Baldwin’s insults. The rivalry started long before Baldwin’s JKL appearance- and continued for quite some time after with some accusing Baldwin of outright stealing Atamanuik’s impression and others alleging that Atamanuik’s Trump was superior, while Baldwin fought back threatening lawsuits and slinging some slurs around.
— James Adomian (@JAdomian) April 3, 2017
We’ve been giant fans of Atamanuik’s and we’ve been playing with the rivalry since Baldwin first appeared as Trump on SNL with a vote (Atamanuik won). But muck aside, now mainstream America will have two Trumps to enjoy and everyone can make up their own mind.
“Laughing at the President is a proud American tradition and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department,” Atamanuik said. “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!”
The President Show will air Thursdays at 11:30pm each week.