The President Show: Because Trump isn't funny enough

Still reeling from the success of its President W parody, That’s My Bush, which ran a legendary eight episodes back in 2001, Viacom is stepping into the presidential arena once again with The President Show, in which Anthony Atamanuik, aka NOT-Alec Baldwin, will imitate Donald Trump, because nobody is doing that, in a weekly late night show starting later this month on Comedy Central.

But at least the actors all went on to better things, like summer stock.

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Unlike That’s My Bush, this will not be a situation comedy parodying the very notion of sit-coms, as audiences didn’t get that the last time, or the time before that when the Brits tried it with their Hitler comedy Heil Honey I’m Home (a thing that really happened.).

It would have inspired The Producers if they’d thought of it first.

The President Show will be a direct address by Trump to we the people, unfiltered by the mass media—sort of like the so-called president’s Twitter account, which it looks like the writers may be culling from.

In a statement quoted by Variety, Atamanuik said, “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!” Ha. As if anyone in the United States took comedy that seriously!

A teaser video is now available, and since it’s the tradition of this site to review based on promos and trailers, this humble recapper is ready to predict The President Show will end long before Putin’s puppet is even indicted. The joke—our so-called president is a giant self-aggrandizing man-baby—has gone stale. Stringing together things he might say in answer to a question as though he were a character being developed at an Upright Citizens Brigade workshop will not save America, but please, dear reader, judge for yourself:

Americans must demand more from our comedy overlords, more than jokes about how much Trump likes the ladies (or parts of them) or wishes to bang his daughter. We must have jokes that hurt our insides because they remind us of how truly screwed we are, jokes that make us want to tear out our eyeballs or move to Canada even in winter, but if we don’t as a people demand mo’ betta Trump jokes, we will only get the Trump jokes we deserve.

Marion Stein

Marion writes television recaps and reviews for the Agony Booth, and books you can find over at Amazon.

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