Jon Santos opens the year onstage along with Eric Nicolas and Marissa Sanchez.
As the country’s most popular impersonator, Jon Santos opens the year with a major stand up show featuring two of the most controversial political figures titled Trumperte ATBP. “I’m really stoked that these kinds of shows that I do, political satire, comedy, spoof, ay may lugar din sa season ng Resorts World Manila. These two politicians I think very strong ang feelings natin sa kanila. We’ll stay interested in them,” he shared during the show’s press conference held last January 23 in Pasay City.
Even though both presidents were sworn into office in 2016, Jon revealed the reason it took him some time to gain confidence to finally impersonate them onstage. “Ang confidence level ko to tackle these two very controversial characters were leveled up, mas dinaga ako. I had the feeling that the country was so divided. Feeling ko after that particular election, divided na divided so ang audience ko rin divided na divided. May kalahati ka na theater galit, may kalahati ka naman na tawa ng tawa. So may kalahati mag-e-enjoy, may kalahati napikon. So I had that impression na parang ang hirap atang challenge yun. First time ko nakaramdam ng ganung klaseng uncertainty. Ang tindi tindi ng pagka-opinionated ng pro at ng anti. Then I realized meron at meron talagang bagay that would unite us and it took that long,” he explained.
Jon said it was important to do a lot of research before bringing to life the two characters of “McDonald Trump” and “Du-thirty Harry.” “Dapat mahalaga sa ‘yo na alam mo kung ano yung nagawa na at saka hindi mo maikakaila na dahil sikat sila, madaming gumagaya sa kanila. That means go signal yun na puwede na i-joke. Di ba may kasabihan na comedy is tragedy plus time? Kaya pag may issue na ang sensitive sensitive pa, hindi muna ngayon. Aba after a while natatawanan na nila. After a while ginagawa na ng ibang comedian. After a while tinatawanan na nung sariling tao. After a while tinatawanan na ni Trump ang sarili niyang buhok,” he shared.
Another challenge Jon had for impersonating the American president was getting the look just right. “Ang hirap humanap ng tamang wig! Sinubukan ko na lahat. Walis, mais, kung anu-ano na yung ginawa ko. Ang hirap hirap,” he said. In his one-night only show on February 13, Jon said he is not worried about getting any backlash from the figures he is going to impersonate. “Alam niyo kaming mga nag-i-i-spoof, parang insekto lang din naman kami sa buhay nitong mga matataas na tao, mga powerful na tao. At saka they know how to deal with media, they know how to deal with exposes, they know how to deal with tabloids and how to deal with TV shows. They know how to deal with comedy and comedians,” he added.
Watch Jon Santos along with talented performers Eric Nicolas and Marissa Sanchez in“Trumperte ATBP. on February 13, 8 pm at the Newport Performing Arts theater in Resorts World Manila. Tickets are also available online via Ticketworld.