James Austin Johnson Reveals the Secret to a Perfect Trump Impersonation

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Published on January 25, 2022

James Austin Johnson talks about moving to New York City for Saturday Night Live when his wife was pregnant, his cryptic meetings with Lorne Michaels and how he perfected his Trump impersonation.

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20 comments

  • Tyler Legare 1 year ago

    I remember finding this guy on tik tok he wandered onto a random podcast and killed it

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  • Catherine Reynolds 1 year ago

    24 hours on a train. You are meant to play Biden!😜☮️

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  • Redolent Thought 1 year ago

    His Ed Begley Jr on “Future Man” is so good, at first I wasn’t sure if they overdubbed Ed’s voice over James’ acting

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  • Arven501 1 year ago

    I could listen to him ramble on as Medieval Trump for hours – that was gold.

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  • yeeaahBUDDY 1 year ago

    This guy must be an impression camp counselor

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  • Karen Stepko 1 year ago

    Wrong – both you and Homer technically appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers: his appearance was in photo form.

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  • John Doe 1 year ago

    He’s the best trump impersonator!👍🏽

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  • HallMonitorLizard 1 year ago

    Gotta go check out SNL on NPC to see this guy!

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  • Global Warmhugs 1 year ago

    Oooo he’s giving Anthony Atamanuik a run for his money! Love his 80s Trump.

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  • podracer35 1 year ago

    This guy must have been running the Impression Camp Seth went to last year

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  • Flo Gure 1 year ago

    Absolutely one of the best Trump impressions I’ve seen. And I’ve seen a lot, believe me 👐

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  • Erin Hubay 1 year ago

    Only I can get the amulet! hahahah

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  • bdlog 1 year ago

    Here he is ad-libbing catharsis to Judy Gold last year before SNL.. https://youtu.be/qcOc8iukaVc Then Majority Report interviews him about his conservative upbringing
    https://youtu.be/5JttI7vtq4w

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  • eponymousIme 1 year ago

    Omigosh that was fabulous. Such a treat getting to know James Austin Johnson better. So talented!

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  • David Martinek 1 year ago

    I think Seth’s genuine laughter around min 10 says it all… #awesome

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  • Zaroff's Trophy Room 1 year ago

    If only he could call trump. He’d be so enamoured of his own voice gurgling back at him…

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  • Lalaphive 1 year ago

    I’m crying laughing at how good this guy is

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  • podracer35 1 year ago

    That switch between 80s Trump and Present Day Trump was unreal.

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  • Qermaq 1 year ago

    I want to see a master cut of all SNL cast members and alums doing their Lorne impressions.

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  • Musō Tensei 1 year ago

    He kinda looks like a fun size version of Drew Carrey that you would get for Halloween. This guy is really funny.

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