March 1, 2016 -- FUSION is bringing together two of the most popular presidential candidates to go head-to-head in the showdown the world has been waiting for: ‘Trump vs. Bernie.’ FUSION has inked a deal with two of the most talented impressionists of their generation, Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump and James Adomian as Bernie Sanders, to make ‘Trump vs. Bernie’ a reality -- Republican Billionaire vs. Democratic Socialist arguing over the issues driving the 2016 presidential election.
‘Trump vs. Bernie’ will officially premiere as a new cross-platform video series that will follow James and Anthony as they go out campaigning in character. To kick things off, join Trump and Bernie as they take in the Super Tuesday results tonight during a special Facebook live-stream @ 11PM, ET (watch here) -- all from the comfort of the hotel room they've wound up sharing. Installments of Trump vs. Bernie will live across FUSION’s OTT platforms, Facebook, YouTube, and FCOMEDY.com, the digital hub for FUSION’s comedy and satire content. In addition, FUSION will air a one-hour sketch special this spring featuring the greatest moments from their campaign tour and a second primetime broadcast featuring a debate between the two candidates. Photos available here.
The digital series and corresponding television specials will be produced by Serious Business, an Emmy-winning production company operating at the intersection of broadcast, digital, and social media. Serious Business are the creators and Executive Producers of Comedy Central's late-night show @midnight.
“Our show is comedic activism and an opportunity to present the best cutting political satire of the 2016 election cycle. We are certain that, partnered with FUSION, Trump vs. Bernie will be a much needed indictment of the Clown Car politics of this year’s primary season. Trump vs. Bernie is a scathing delivery of truth as comedy in a media sea of confusion and collusion to maintain the status quo,” said Atamanuik.
“We are beyond excited to be bringing our Trump vs. Bernie debate series to FUSION. The crowd response to our live tour has been fantastic, and the opportunity to now do it for a wider audience on TV and the internet is exactly what we want,” said Adomian. “Anthony and I have been playing Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders respectively for a while and I can't describe the pure fun it has been touring together - it's almost like an evil vs. good pro wrestling event. Doing fun but dangerous political satire like this in the middle of a national election for a big audience is a lifelong dream.”
"James and Anthony are two of the most brilliant satirists we've seen. Through their outrageous takes on Trump and Sanders, they're holding a mirror up to an election that is shaping up to be the biggest circus yet,” said Bryan Carmel, Head of Comedy and VP of Development at FUSION. “We are thrilled to have this talented duo coming to FUSION to satirize the political process. Idealogues on both sides of the political spectrum are in for a treat.”
The digital series and specials will be an extension of a live tour that Anthony and James have embarked on through the early voting states (info here). The duo recently performed live on the F-COMEDY stage at Riot LA to rave reviews.
Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) is a comedian and actor in New York City. He is a member of the legendary improv team Death By Roo Roo and is the co-host of AssssCat3000 at UCB New York. Anthony has appeared on “30 Rock,” “Broad City,” Hulu’s “Difficult People,” “Dinner with Brett Gelman” specials on Adult Swim, MTV’s “Teachers Lounge” and has bartended on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” You can see him on a variety of platforms including College Humor, Funny Or Die, Comedy Central Digital and even a ViewMaster photo series by Colbert Show writer Erik Drysdale. Anthony will be appearing in upcoming episodes of “Used People” and the feature film “The Outskirts.”
James Adomian (@JAdomian) is a comedian and actor who is well known for his stand-up, characters and impressions. James most recently wrapped shooting on the feature film “Love After Love” starring opposite Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell. He can be seen in David Cross’ feature directorial debut “Hits,” which premiered at Sundance 2014. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown” and “Drunk History”, on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!.” James performed standup on John Oliver’s New York stand up show on Comedy Central, and on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where he was a Top 10 finalist. James has also performed to much acclaim over the years at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He works as a voiceover artist on numerous animated shows including Disney’s “Future Worm” and Nickelodeon’s “Pig Goat Banana Cricket.” He is also a beloved regular guest on the Earwolf podcast network, where his debut stand-up comedy album “Low Hangin Fruit” was released in 2012.