A storied improv vet with a dark past brings cutting satire to Comedy Central’s late night lineup.
Atamanuik has described his early years in entertainment as having been rough – characterized by drug use and buying services from prostitutes.
Those experiences color his Trump impersonation.
‘My characteristics are a lot like [Trump’s] characteristics’ he told Rolling Stone.
‘I speak extemporaneously in class without knowing what I’m talking about half the time.
He clearly has a severe mother complex — I get that’.
Added Atamanuik: ‘He desperately wants approval – he desperately wants love – he is not psychoanalytically correct – not intellectual.
His ego is like a safe – a vault.
He’s not lying to himself because he believes his ego too much.
That’s his big failing and what’s sad about him’.