Thursday 24 September, 2020

Jamaican-born Trump impersonator gets Netflix deal

This image released by Netflix shows writer and comedian Sarah Cooper who will star in the Netflix variety special “Everything's Fine," debuting this fall. (Netflix via AP)

This image released by Netflix shows writer and comedian Sarah Cooper who will star in the Netflix variety special “Everything's Fine," debuting this fall. (Netflix via AP)

Jamaican-born comedian Sarah Cooper, known for her impressions of US President Donald Trump, has landed her own comedy special on Netflix.

It's a major career move for the comedian who has been dubbed the “Trump Whisperer” for her viral political satire videos impersonating the 45th US president.

'Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine' will debut this fall on Netflix in a special segment which promises a “variety special full of vignettes dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, class, and other light subjects.” 

The streaming service said Cooper is working with heavyweight talent on the special: Maya Rudolph is the executive producer and Nastasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black") is directing.

In her early Trump satiric video, “How to Medical,” an expressive Cooper silently mouthed along to the president's musings about the possibilities of sunlight and disinfectant as coronavirus antidotes. It has been viewed more than 20 million times.

Cooper's comedic how-to books include “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” and “How to be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.”

Cooper, 42, was born in Jamaica  in 1977. She moved with her family to Rockville, Maryland in 1980.

Additional reporting by the AP

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