The 45th President of the United States is coming to Hamilton's Nivara Lounge on Monday October 26. Or, the Southern Hemisphere's #1 Trump impersonator, Alexander Sparrow, will be.
The award-winning comedian is performing all over New Zealand coming up to the US election. He will be joined by award-winning character comic, Katie Boyle, as her alias: 87-year-old brothel owner, Pat Goldsack.
Sparrow is taking his show, DJ Trump, on the road – in a double bill with an hour of his stand-up comedy. Seen on TVNZ's Breakfast, TV3's The Project, and PRIME TV's Back Benches, he really hit his stride when he was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal.
This was closely followed by his selection as a World Top 10 Trump Impersonator by Laugh Factory, Hollywood. That nod saw him travel to perform in the US.
"When I started booking my first Trump gigs, he wasn't even the Republican candidate,"
Sparrow says. "I dyed my hair and grew it out. That was one of the things that stood out in the US – I was the only one not using a wig."
Times have changed now. "After he won, the corporate gigs and TV appearances rolled in, and I invested in a wig – and getting my social life back," he jokes. "It was a look."
He will tour with his director, Katie Boyle, who, along with Sparrow, is co-director of their award-winning company, Sparrow & Boyle Entertainment.
Sparrow is an accomplished stand-up comedian, starting in 2011 and never looking back.
He always wanted to be an actor, and comedy was a natural addition to his skillset.
"I love how direct live comedy is. There's nothing between you and the audience. If someone heckles during my show, it's like they've heckled the real Trump. You aren't just watching, you're part of the show.
"That's an experience no YouTube video comes close to."
On his stand-up comedy, he says he's a mix of Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle. "Short sharp jokes, caustic wit, and the odd audience roasting – all in good fun," he says.
The real Trump's odds at the 2020 election are constantly in question – by everyone except Sparrow.
"If he gets in, I'll keep booking those nationwide appearances at Christmas parties, the races, functions, and anywhere else he's wanted.
"But right now, I'm treating this as the farewell tour. Get in while you can, these will be the last full shows." Tickets on eventfinda.co.nz