If there’s one thing the late night comedy world needs, it’s more jokes about Donald Trump. At least that’s what Comedy Central seems to think. Months after the cancellation of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the network has announced The President Show, a new entrant into the 11:30pm timeslot, one that will seemingly be all Trump-focused material, all the time. It will also allow the Chris Hardwick-hosted @Midnight to head back to its namesake timeslot, at least for one night per week.
The new series stars Trump impersonating-comedian Anthony Atamanuik as the current commander-in-chief, who has gained quite a bit of fame in the last year for his portrayal. The Comedy Central audience is already likely to be acquainted with Atamanuik’s Trump, as he’s appeared in character multiple times on the aforementioned @Midnight, once even hosting a week of Trump-themed shows in which “Trump” would regularly berate host Hardwick and randomly decide to take away points from contestants he didn’t like.
According to the official Comedy Central press release, The President Show will allow Atamanuik — who also created and produces the series — to put his “unique Trumpian spin on such late-night staples as desk segments, field pieces and guest interviews. Vice President Mike Pence is featured as his sidekick, played by Peter Grosz.” The network has released a promo clip for the new show, which gives viewers unfamiliar with Atamanuik’s Trump a taste of what they’re likely to see each week. Check it out above.
The President Show is set to premiere on Thursday, April 27 at 11:30pm, with @Midnight moving back to 12am on that night. However, @Midnight will remain at 11:30pm on Monday-Wednesday, at least for now. One wonders how long it’ll take Comedy Central to find a permanent occupant for the 11:30 slot, as it wouldn’t make much sense to leave a show called @Midnight there in perpetuity.
Obviously, Comedy Central has to realize that a show with this premise is likely to instantly turn off viewers who support Trump, although to be fair, the network has clearly never been bothered by the fact that its late night programming block — once dominated by the duo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert — possesses a left-leaning viewpoint. That said, with so much of late night TV devoted to Trump coverage, one wonders if a show starring a caricature of Trump will just end up being overkill, and cause even those who enjoy laughing at him to tune out.
The President Show premieres Thursday, April 27 @11:30pm on Comedy Central.
Source: Comedy Central