We already knew that Sarah Anne Cooper, the comedian that has gone viral for her impersonations of Trump now she is getting a comedy special on Netflix. Cooper has inked a deal with CBS to adapt one of her books into a TV series, according to Deadline and Variety.
CBS plans to develop a comedy show inspired by Cooper’s book How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings. The show will focus on three females working at a predominantly male company. As you might have guessed from the name of the book, the show will tackle today’s gender politics and their impact on the trio’s professional and personal lives. Cooper will also be involved in the series serving as a co-writer and executive producer.
Cooper blew up on social just last year after pursuing full-time comedy since 2014
Cooper released How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings in 2018. She has also authored several other books, including 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, and is currently writing a “humorous semi-autobiographical take” on Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, which is set to release next year on Audible, according to her website.
Cooper, born in 1977, moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1980. Her father worked as an electrical engineer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in nearby Washington and her mother in the human resources department of a consulting company. She has pursued full-time comedy since 2014 and gained significant attention after she began posting various political satire videos of herself lip-syncing Donald Trump. Her first viral video, which was posted on her Twitter account in April, has racked up over 22 million views.
The writer-comedian occupies an unusual place in our culture: Many of her most ardent fans have never heard her talk. This spring, Cooper started going viral on TikTok and Twitter for her virtuoso Trump lip syncs, satirizing his tackiest and most ludicrous sound bites, such as when he compared himself to Abraham Lincoln or swore he never hid in a bunker. Her acting is as slyly inspired as her lip-synching. In “How to Bunker,” her Trump defends his honor while cowering in the shower and clutching at the curtain.
“I like the idea that I’m inspiring the next generation to make fun of our president,” says Cooper. Just before she appeared on The Tonight Show, where a clap-happy Jimmy Fallon will disintegrate with laughter as Cooper debuts “How to Water,” based on a 2019 interview in which Trump rambled about water conservation: “We’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms….”
Prior to TikTok ubiquity, Cooper, was a little-known stand-up and a Google employee regarded around the office as a consensus builder. “I would just repeat what other people said and come to an agreement,” she says. “I didn’t want to rock the boat.” Go back far enough into her tweets, and you’ll see she also used to be a prolific reply guy, furiously responding to dozens of Trump’s tweets. (The president blocked her in 2017 for calling him “unfit for office.”) Like many of us, quarantine boredom drove her to TikTok.
Cooper’s her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, was published on October 4, 2016. Her second book, How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, was published on October 30, 2018. She has written for the animated TV series Science! During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper began uploading videos of herself lip syncing statements made by Donald Trump. And the rest is history.