A Vancouver TheatreSports League production. At the Improv Centre on Thursday, October 13. Continues until November 19
I’m addicted to Trump. I can’t get enough of the craziness. He both entertains and terrifies me. Obviously, I’m not alone. The Vancouver TheatreSports League always have their finger on the pulse of popularity, so their latest feature show is called Trump Card: Winner Takes All. It’s their second time lampooning the man. Back in 2005, they had a successful run with The Imprentice, a takeoff on Trump’s reality-TV show The Apprentice. The man is comedy gold, clearly.
It’s the usual improv funny business, only with a political bent. The title is a bit misleading, though. I could have watched a whole show on the man, the myth, the monstrosity, but this production features characterizations of Hillary Clinton and Justin Trudeau along with the Donald. Nothing will offend die-hard political hacks, however. Improv comedy is usually much kinder than standup. These are broad-stroke shots: Justin’s floppy hair and bare chest, Hillary’s composure, and Trump’s orange blowhardiness.
The first half of the show takes place 24 years in the future, as news anchors (on this night played by Nathan Clark and Brian Cook) continually promise Decision 2040, before getting sidetracked with various scenes. It’s all a big tease that I get after the fact, but there were times during the first half when I was thinking the show’s name was misleading. They were drawing us in with Trump, but he was nowhere to be seen.
But they eventually get around to the big election. Characters drawn from audience suggestions are the candidates being advised by the pros. At this showing, Denise Jones played a pretty baker named Jenny, and her adviser was Hillary Clinton, played hilariously by Lauren McGibbon. They went up against an angry pole dancer named Joe Cocker, played by Graeme Duffy, who was given advice by our own JT, played by the comically bilingual and buff Allen Morrison. These aren’t dead-on impersonations but rather impressions of the leaders, in the true sense of the word.
But you knew there had to be a Trump card. Scott Patey, caked in orange makeup, made a dramatic entrance as our hero, introducing his star candidate, an audience member. The three duos battled it out, improv-style, to see who would win the final showdown. And just as the real Donald J. Trump has asserted, the whole process was rigged. Only this time, he’d be happy with the outcome.
In the end, I got my Trump fix. And Patey is just as viable a candidate as the real deal.