Randy Rainbow and The President Show: A Satirical Light In The Darkness Of The Trump Presidency

One of hallmarks of a true democracy is the ability to question and mock those in power without fear of persecution, execution or jail time.  Since the day that Donald Trump announced that he was running for President in 2015, he has been nothing but mouthwatering, delectable meat for the satirists and the comedians who have found pleasure in mocking him and his bull-in-the-china shop attempt at politics. Two of these satirists seem to have come out of nowhere with perfect timing: Randy Rainbow and Anthony Atamanuik, star and creator of Comedy Central’s The President Show.

Randy Rainbow has been writing, editing and starring in YouTube videos since 2010. His fame began to grow when he started covering the 2016 Presidential Election as only he could. Using popular songs mashed to the current goings on in Washington DC, he has created videos with such titles as “Unpopular” (based off of the song Popular from the musical Wicked), “Before He Tweets” (Based on the Carrie Underwood song Before He Cheats), “Russia Ties” (Based on the song Summer Nights from the musical Grease) and “Factchecker, Factchecker” (based off of the song Matchmaker from the musical Fiddler On The Roof). His latest video, released this week, “DACA Shame” (based on the Wayne Newton song Danke Schoen), was released yesterday in the wake of the repeal of DACA.

While many Americans are familiar with the Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live’s skewering of our not so commander in chief, Baldwin is not the only one who has mastered the art of satirizing Donald Trump.  In April Anthony Atamanuik made his Comedy Central debut on The President Show.

The President Show is half-hour talk show with the satirized Donald Trump as the star and host. Surrounded by administration members, as well family members, the character list includes Vice President Mike Pence (Peter Grosz), Anthony Scaramucci (Mario Cantone), Steve Bannon (John Gemberling), Donald Trump Jr. (Adam Pally) and Melania Trump (Mila Filatova). As he is in real life, this version of Donald Trump is an egotistical maniac who hates the press, hates Hillary Clinton, hates the Democrats, expects those around him to praise him at every turn and thinks he is G-ds gift to the office of the President of The United States.

As both star and executive producer, Atamanuik has hit the satirical nail on the proverbial head.  Exaggerating Trump for the blowhard, egotistical idiot who has no idea what he is doing, Atamanuik reveals the flaws in the man who has the potential to lead this country to ruin.

The genius of both of these men and their own unique satire of this current administration is that while we are laughing at Trump, we are also having a moment of catharsis. The truth is that having Donald Trump in the Oval Office has given America a much-needed reality check. Democracy and the strings attached to democracy are more delicate than we have believed them to be.  It is the satire, the comedy that reminds us of not just how important free speech and comedy are, but also how important it is to be involved in our government. It is a lesson that many of us have had to learn the hard way.

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