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16 Jul 2018

Home Video Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Is Back to His Old, Stunning Tricks in Showtime's 'Who Is America?'

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A scene from Who Is America? A scene from Who Is America?

Holy hell, does Sacha Baron Cohen have balls.

His latest TV show, Who Is America?—in which he disguises himself in heavy makeup and tricks people (including well known politicians) into sitting for interviews—is jaw-droppingly funny.

In the first episode on Showtime, he disguises himself as a right-wing activist on a scooter, even though he has no handicap. (“This here scooter is to preserve my body’s finite energy!”) He tries to persuade a very patient and confused Bernie Sanders into believing the 99 percenters can be moved into the top 1 percent, so we will all be 1 percenters. Bernie was not amused.

Other Cohen victims include a Trump delegate who suffers from white privilege (Cohen disguises himself as a left-wing, sensitive ponytail guy) and an art-gallery owner. (Cohen disguises himself as an ex con who makes art with his own feces and ejaculate.) It’s amazing to see just how tolerant some people can be.

The capper is a sequence in which Cohen, disguised as an activist who looks an awful lot like Freddie Mercury, gets a bunch of politicians (including Trent Lott) to read a public-service announcement favoring guns in the hands of 4-year-old children.

It’s vintage Cohen. Upcoming episodes will feature a now publicly angry Sarah Palin, Roy Moore and Dick Cheney, who actually did a show promo for Cohen. Cohen’s movies took a sharp turn into shitsville, so it’s good to see him being a dangerous interviewer again.

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