Wednesday watch: Trump vs. Bernie


Every day we have the unfortunate experience of waking up and remembering that Donald Trump is the leading Republican presidential candidate. On the positive side, we’re seeing enthusiasm and energy behind Bernie Sanders and his message that is changing the debate and resonating with voters. It’s perfect time for comedians to seize on what makes these candidates frightening and endearing respectively, and Tony Atamanuik and James Adomian are doing an amazing job with Trump vs. Bernie.

The debates between the two comedians have grown from an event at the UCB Theater to a nationwide tour and multiple TV appearances.  I had the pleasure of seeing this brilliant performance in San Francisco. Their impressions are spot on, but they aren’t just imitating–they’re raising important issues of our day and exposing the depth of these candidates. Atamanuik in particular has an interesting technique as Trump, both satirizing him and stepping slightly outside the character to indict the culture that let Trump happen.

Watch the trailer below. If you’re in one of the cities left on the tour, I cannot recommend it highly enough. You can also watch their special on April 27th, and get the pointed satire and nonstop laughs that you need this election season.


Author: Rebecca Griffin

I am a passionate advocate for progressive causes with over a decade of experience organizing for social change. That organizing experience informs the way I look at the world and the challenges we face in working toward social justice. I started Of Means and Ends to write about social issues I care about and share my thoughts on how we organize in a smart, strategic way. Please visit and join the conversation.

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