As Jamaican-born comedienne Sarah Cooper has become an internet sensation with her viral lip-synched trolls of President Trump’s speeches and interviews, it was not entirely a surprise when she parodied the president during the recent, virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC).
“Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person with a mask, it is your vote, and it is your right,” said Cooper, 42, in her appearance at the DNC on Aug. 19. “Don’t let Donald Trump take that away from you.”
Cooper — who is also a speaker and an author of bestselling books, “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings” and “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meeting” — said on her website that she has built her comedy career “in between working for companies like Yahoo and Google,” where she was “fed free lunches and lots of material.”
In April, Cooper said she began lip-syncing Trump on TikTok while under quarantine.
She said she soon went viral with a 50-second clip called “How to Medical,” in which she “regurgitates Trump’s proposed COVID-19 cures of UV light and disinfectant.”
Cooper said it has since been viewed almost 25 million times across Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
She said she has created dozens more Trump lip-syncs, each garnering millions of views, landing her on “The Tonight Show, Ellen, The New York Times and countless others.”
In June, Cooper said she signed with William Morris Endeavor, and is currently adapting her comedic efforts for film and television.
She said she is also working on her next book title, a humorous semi-autobiographical take on Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (Audible, 2021).
CNN said her TikTok fame got her a gig filling in for Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month, and she has a Netflix special coming out in the fall.
But the network said “the target of Cooper’s ridicule hadn’t been asked what he thinks of the videos until Sunday.”
In a preview of a Fox News interview, host Steve Hilton asked Trump if he had seen Cooper’s parody.
“I have not, no,” he said. “I’d like to see them. Are they good or bad?”
Hilton told Trump he thought the president would find them very entertaining, according to CNN.
“OK, good! I’d like to see them,” Trump said. “If you’re saying they’re positive, I’d like to look. If they’re not positive…”
Hilton acknowledged, according to CNN, that Cooper “doesn’t mean it to be positive.”
“I see,” Trump said. “Well, I’ll have to check it out.”
CNN said Cooper has garnered a huge social media following since going viral in April for her satirical Trump impressions.
“She has been retweeted and praised by a multitude of entertainers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Stiller, Halle Berry, Chrissy Teigen and Cher,” the cable network said.
It said Cooper’s “How to Medical” video has been viewed “more 20 million times and counting.”
The video parodies Trump’s suggestion that health experts examine whether light and disinfectant should be put inside people’s bodies to cleanse them of coronavirus, CNN said.
Prior to her online success, it said Cooper was a writer and correspondent on the CBS All Access pilot “Old News,” produced by Stephen Colbert.