Dallas — One of the best parts of any election cycle is the opportunity for satire. Campaigns are long and tedious. Candidates talk so much to so many people in so many places that gaffes and faux paus are inevitable. Plus, some candidates just seem ripe for ridicule. Take our current slate for example. There’s something for everyone to poke fun at with these two.
The comedians at the Dallas Comedy House plan to tackle some of these hard-hitting issues with their latest sketch show Trump’d: The Musical. Making America Great Again … Again, which runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 17.
“It’s a show about a man…a man on a journey that has a beginning, a middle and an end,” cast member Ashley Bright says.
The show isn’t limited to this year’s campaign though, as the players follow The Donald through time in an attempt to show that this candidate has always had what it takes to make America great. At various points in our nation’s history, our hero arrives just in time to help rectify whatever problems our ancestors may have had, yet often leaving these people perplexed and more confused than before he appeared.
“When we got together to write a show, we all sort of had this ‘fire’ in us that seemed to mirror the country’s attitude,” says director Kyle Austin. “We threw out all sorts of topics, however, when the name Trump came up, it was obvious that we all had one thing in common: none of us can believe the things he says and does.”
Austin says even the more politically apathetic members of the troupe were quick to jump on board, probably sensing the opportunity for “huuuge” laughs.
“Improv shows are created on the spot and standup shows are inspired by headlines, so they always feel very current,” says David Allison, who was named theater director at DCH earlier this year.
He says the current sketch shows at DCH are just as relatable.
“I mean, no one is more relatable than Donald Trump. Right?” Allison says.
Andrew Plock stars as our protagonist, using Trump’s own words and mannerisms to great comedic effect. Plock’s fearlessness in pushing himself to physical extremes while “traveling” through time work time and time again, though one may wonder if he’s about to knock himself unconscious as the show progresses.
The comedians dance and sing in ways that remind you they are comedians, which merely enhances the comedy. Not sure what it is about Gabriel Vasquez that makes him stand out in this and other shows he’s appeared in at the Dallas Comedy House, but, man, this dude is funny. Maybe it’s the huge head. Something about a big guy with a big head wearing a small hat that never gets old.
There’s plenty of other “small” jokes that grow bigger as the show moves along, each time gaining more laughs. And there is a misogynistic thread that weaves through various scenes that also gets funnier with each incarnation. Just to clarify, the joke isn’t on the women or about women, per se. The women turn the tables to make the misogynist the fool.