Sacha Baron Cohen talk show details and videos emerge
Yesterday we wrote a piece on the cryptic video posted by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen teasing what appeared to be a new project centered on President Donald Trump. Now new details have emerged through Variety on the exact nature of the project, which appears to be a talk show for Showtime similar in format to Da Ali G Show which will premiere on July 15. Showtime has also posted two teaser videos for what is likely the new Sacha Baron Cohen show which you can check out below!
Da Ali G Show ran for three seasons on both Channel 4 and HBO, and involved segments featuring Cohen doing stunt interviews in disguise as his three signature characters of Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev and Brüno, all of whom eventually received movie spin-offs. The new series on Showtime will reportedly be similar, and feature stunts involving Trump as well as other celebrities, including a segment with OJ Simpson reportedly shot back in February in his Las Vegas hotel room. At least two episodes have already been produced, although it is not known if Cohen has created new characters or what the exact format will be.
Cohen has a history with Trump, having duped the real estate magnate to do an on-camera interview with a ploy to pitch “Ice Cream Gloves” during a 2003 segment on Da Ali G Show. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Cohen shot a sequence for The Brothers Grimsby involving then-candidate Trump contracting HIV.