Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik is making comedy that’s predictive instead of reactive. Comedy Central’s The President Show is premiering a new mocumentary titled The Fall of Donald Trump on October 22. The half-hour special accomplishes where much of today’s parody has failed; it is a funny and well-executed lampoon of our current administration.
The President Show has already logged a full season of political satire, but The Fall of Trump does something new and creative in a market that can often feel overloaded with lazy jokes and bad wig impressions. The media moves at such a breakneck pace that even a good joke feels instantly stale. The problem with making jokes about Trump is that in any other era, Trump is the joke. How can one parody the news when it already feels like a farce?
While shows like Saturday Night Live sometimes feel like they are just replaying the news, The Fall of Trump feels like a true lampoon. The special is set in 2030—so I guess we will survive this presidency after all—and checks in on the main players of the administration for a 20/20-style news program.
The mockumentary makes use of real news footage, Atamanuik’s scarily accurate Trump impression, and a cast of comedians to replay events from 2019 to 2030. By anchoring the story in the future, the cast has more room for comedy than just replaying the tweets of the last week. Aside from some questionable gay jokes, the special feels like a remarkably fresh take on America’s most joked-about presidency.
The cast includes Adam Pally, Mario Cantone, Peter Grosz, Kathy Griffin, and maybe most impressively, Stephanie March of SVU fame who does a spot-on impression of Ivanka Trump.
A President Show Documentary: The Fall Of Donald Trump will debut on Comedy Central on Monday, October 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.