On a segment from the Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL comedian James Austin Johnson spoke about the observations he made about Trump and then decided to let the impersonations flow.
“You made this observation by listening about… he makes like weird throat noise,” Meyers said.
“Yeah, I mean, he’s been in the public consciousness for a hundred years. We have known him. He’s in Home Alone 2, you know what I mean? I think he had a show on this network at some point. He’s - he’s been around. We’ve been listening to him,” Johnson said.
He then went on to say that there are many different impressions of Trump and comedians who portray him imitate a different “era”.
When he came back in the 2010s, ready to be president, his voice had deteriorated a lot. Have you ever seen Bob Dylan live now? Like did I pay for a Tom Waits show or something like that?” Johnson said as Meyers chuckled.
“That’s what’s happened to [Trump], and his voice is very gurgly,” he continued before making his voice sound scratchy.
“So accessing sort of the dark dungeons of my throat was necessary to play this Trump because he’s not the smooth ‘80s - ‘she’s got beautiful legs’ - he’s not really ‘80s Trump anymore,” Johnson added, doing another imitation at the “beautiful legs” bit.
“Remember ‘80s Trump… he’s not that guy anymore,” Johnson continued as he added in more expert Trumpian diction.
#SNL\u2019s @shrimpJAJ breaks down how Trump impressions change by the decade.pic.twitter.com/1A1NBtZW5c
— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@Late Night with Seth Meyers)
People on Twitter were thoroughly impressed with Johnson’s “uncanny” take on Trump’s voice.
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Last night James Austin Johnson (@shrimpJAJ) was fantastic.https://twitter.com/latenightseth/status/1486033625934086148\u00a0\u2026
If you combined this dude's voice talents with @david_j_roth's knack for writing in Trump's voice you'd have a content gold mine.https://twitter.com/LateNightSeth/status/1486033625934086148\u00a0\u2026
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Not only is this incredible, not only do I now want JAJ to do more 80s Trump videos, but he's incredibly correct about Dylan's current singing voice (which he also can impersonate)https://twitter.com/LateNightSeth/status/1486033625934086148?s=20\u00a0\u2026