Comedy Central has decided to give President Trump a late-night talk show of his very own.
The network has announced a new weekly series called “The President Show” to be hosted by Trump — as played by Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik.
The show will pretend to be Trump’s way of getting around the “crooked media” and “fake news” to share his version of the truth. It will include desk segments, field pieces, and interviews — the usual talk show staples, but set in the Oval Office.
And who will be Trump’s sidekick, his very own Ed McMahon? Vice President Mike Pence, as played by writer (“The Colbert Report”) and actor (“Veep”) Peter Grosz.
As Comedy Central puts it, Trump will face “no unfair questions from reporters, no awkward photo ops with German ladies, and no bedtimes.”
Atamanuik, a longtime member of Upright Citizens Brigade, has been doing his Trump a lot lately, on the likes of “The Howard Stern Show” and “The View” and during his 40-city “Trump vs. Bernie” tour. He has also released an album, “Trump vs. Bernie: Live From Brooklyn.”
“The President Show” represents a creative decision with some possibilities; the successful “Colbert Report” was a news-based show that also relied on an absurd central character for its laughs. It’s still unclear whether TV viewers will burn out on all Trump humor at some point, as the novelty of Trump’s election wears thin and his presidency stretches on. Right now, political humor series from “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” are experiencing a Trump-era ratings bump.
The series will premiere on April 27 and air every Thursday at 11:30 p.m., after “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” That’s the home of the late, partly great “Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.”
As Atamanuik’s Trump puts it in the just released trailer, “I’ll have the best guests, the most beautiful women. It will be so funny, the most funny show.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.