4:17pm PT by Chris Gardner
Donald Trump Impersonator Sought by L.A. Comedy Club for Fake News Show
President-elect Donald Trump has attacked NBC's Saturday Night Live repeatedly over its sketches featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump, so the incoming commander-in-chief may want to ignore the next piece of news: Los Angeles comedy club the Laugh Factory is on the hunt for the next great Trump impersonator.
Laugh Factory is launching a Trump impersonator contest, asking interested comedians to post a video clip of their work on YouTube and then tweet the link to @TheLaughFactory with the hashtag, #TrumpImpression. The winner of the contest will be named as host of LaughFactory.com's new channel "Fake News/Real News" in addition to headlining gigs at Laugh Factory clubs.
Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada says the club does not discriminate and the contest is open to "every race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and age."
Adds Masada: “Following our recent Funniest Person in the World Competition that featured comedians from 56 countries, the Laugh Factory is bringing the global comedy community together again to find the funniest Trump impression in any language.”
Submissions will be accepted starting Friday, Inauguration Day, and continuing through Feb. 28. Following the deadline, a top 10 will be chosen by Laugh Factory staffers. Those lucky few will then be invited to show off their Trump impressions in front of a Hollywood audience, which will help pick a winner. According to the Laugh Factory, each finalist will be awarded "an honorarium" towards travel expenses.