Of course there would be lip-synching. In Sarah Cooper’s new Netflix special, Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine, the comedian takes her social media strategy to the next level, scoring guest stars like Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen to help her fully skewer her nemesis, Donald Trump. Directed by Natasha Lyonne, the special boasts ample lip-synching sketches, including bits where Cooper mocks Trump administration mouthpieces like Kellyanne Conway and Ivanka Trump.
But the real centerpiece arrives near the end, when Cooper offers an “exclusive look” at Trump and Billy Bush’s infamous, predatory 2005 Access Hollywood hot mic conversation. In the bit, set on a bus, Cooper lip-synchs the role of Trump, while Bush is played by none other than Helen Mirren. The Oscar winner gamely embodies the weaselly Bush, egging Trump on as he talks about sexually assaulting women and makes graphic remarks about Arianne Zucker, the soap actor and model who was waiting outside the bus to meet them. In Everything’s Fine, the role of Zucker is played by Jonathan Van Ness, hairdresser extraordinaire and one of the stars of Netflix’s Queer Eye. (Synergy!)
Like so many of Cooper’s lip syncs, the sketch mainly serves as a blunt reminder of how awful Trump is—and, more explicitly, how awful the Access Hollywood tape is. Not that we need a reminder, of course! Who among us will forget the hideous things uttered in that bus, and the way in which conservative voters overlooked them and voted for Trump anyway? Sigh. Sigh.
Cooper rose to fame at the start of the pandemic, after she began making TikToks in which she lip-synched some of Trump’s most ridiculous sound bites. Prior to that, she was a little-known stand-up comedian and a former Google employee. Her Trump videos quickly went viral across social media, establishing her as a rising comedy star and kicking her Twitter following up to 2.3 million. Netflix announced her new special in late August, fast-tracking it through production for an October release—just one week before the presidential election. The special, which stars Cooper as a news anchor on a relentlessly chipper TV show, is aided by a roster of celebrities including Ben Stiller, Jane Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Megan Thee Stallion, Connie Chung, Jon Hamm, and more.
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