Not all of us are super on top of the cool kids' new social media platform, Tik Tok, "the destination for short-form mobile videos." But even if you're not up on the biggest comedy and influencer accounts on the platform, chances are you've come across at least one of Sarah Cooper's TikToks lip-syncing Trump's speeches.
They're absolutely hilarious, totally on point, and have been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Instagram and Twitter. But who is Sarah Cooper and what was she doing before she exploded into internet fame? Keep reading!
Who is Sarah Cooper?
Sarah Cooper is a Black author and comedian based in New York. She's the author of a book called 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, as well as How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings.
Sarah previously worked at big companies like Yahoo! and Google, where she admits to having picked up some of the tricks she writes about in her bestselling book about workplace meetings.
Since leaving Google, she's been dedicating her time to comedy. She co-hosts a monthly standup show in New York City called You're So Brave, and is a writer and correspondent for a CBS All Access pilot called Old News.
Currently, in addition to building a huge fanbase on TikTok, Sarah is working on another book —t his time an auto-biographical take on Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Trump blocked Sarah Cooper on social years ago.
Way before her TikTok lip-syncs of Trump's unintelligible speeches, the 45th president of the nation blocked the comedian on Twitter. Now, the fact that she's become a household name through her impressions of him feels like "poetic justice" to Sarah.
The comedian says she derived a lot of inspiration from Trump's daily briefings, which she likened to the buzzwords she would hear suited men throw out back in her corporate meeting days.
"As a Black woman who's been in these situations, I was like, 'I want to be able to do that,'" Sarah said in an interview with WBUR. "I want to be able to b.s. my way through life the way the president has b.s.-ed his way through this administration."
For people who have seen her videos, Sarah is a beacon of hope and a source for laughter in a world and landscape that feels devoid of both. "When I get messages [of people telling her she's the only thing making them laugh during these difficult times], I realize humor is important," she admits.
"Laughing is important. It's healing. And so as hard as everything is right now, I do think that there is something to be said for making things that people can have some release with."
Asked how she goes about her impressions, Sarah says that she envisions it more like "'What if me, Sarah Cooper, said these words?'" rather than trying to go for direct mimicry.
"I'm sort of speaking to the subtext of what he's saying," she adds. "So when he is obviously out of his element, I am making a face like I'm confused or I'm reaching or I'm stretching or I'm grasping for a word. I'm very specifically not doing what he's doing, but doing what a normal human being would be doing if they were saying these words."
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