Sacha Baron Cohen took to social media on Sunday to tease his upcoming series on Showtime, debuting a clip of former vice president Dick Cheney signing a ‘waterboarding kit.’
The 46-year-old English comedian, famed for his ‘Ali G’ character, posted a 22-second video clip on Twitter and Instagram, promoting his upcoming Showtime series, which premieres July 15.
The new video opens with text reading ‘Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year.’
Signature session Former US Vice President Dick Cheney was shown in the teaser autographing a ‘waterboard kit’
Quick edits The 22-second clip included a quick cut montage of various images including this one of former US president Barack Obama made to look like terrorist Osama Bin Laden
A quick cut montage of images — including one of former US president Barack Obama made to look like terrorist Osama Bin Laden — flashes on screen, before landing on video of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, 77, sitting in an upholstered arm chair against a black backdrop.
Cheney is then asked by a thickly-accented voice off-camera ‘Is it possible to sign my waterboard kit?’
Series teaser Sacha Baron Cohen, shown in November 2016 in Los Angeles, took to social media on Sunday to tease his upcoming new series on Showtime
‘Sure,’ replies Cheney, who nonchalantly signs an empty plastic water jug.
‘That’s a first. That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard,’ Cheney says, as the clip ends.
Cheney has a history of supporting waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
As recently as in May, Cheney was interviewed on Fox News saying that he believes waterboarding ‘worked’ and that he doesn’t believe the controversial interrogation practice is either illegal or torture.
‘If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs,’ he said of the CIA’s waterboarding and other techniques used to extract information from detainees. ‘I’d have them active and ready to go, and I’d go back and study them and learn.’
Although the off-screen voice in the video sounds very much like Cohen’s voice, layered with an unidentifiable accent, it’s unclear if Cheney knows that he is talking to the Ali G star.
This is the second time in less than a week that Cohen has teased his upcoming Showtime series.
On July 4, Cohen posted a video that began with President Donald Trump’s tweet celebrating Independence Day.
On screen text then read, ‘A Message from Donald Trump,’ before transitioning to archived footage of Trump attacking Cohen, who famously interviewed him while in his Ali G character in 2003.
In the undated video, Trump calls Cohen, a ‘third-rate character’ and says, ‘I only wish that he would’ve been punched in the face so many times right now, he’d be in a hospital.’
On July 4, Cohen posted another teaser featuring archived footage of Donald Trump ranting about Cohen, calling him a ‘third-rate character’ and saying he should be punched in the face
Trump then goes on to say that Cohen should go to school to ‘learn about being funny’
The teaser ends with on-screen graphics saying that ‘Sacha graduates. Soon,’ after which the logo of Trump’s disgraced for-profit educational endeavor, Trump University, flashes on screen
As Trump rants, a still image of Cohen’s face slowly moves across the screen.
‘It was disgraceful,’ the president adds, likely referring to the Da Ali G Show interview, in which Cohen asked if he wanted to invest in a glove that keeps ice cream off hands. ‘He ought to be fired immediately.’
Trump then says, ‘Sacha Baron Cohen, go to school. Learn about being funny. You don’t know s**t.’
An American flag then appears on screen, along with the words, ‘Sacha graduates. Soon.’
The video closes with the Trump University logo.
Trump University was the for-profit education endeavor, run by the Trump Organization, that operated from 2005 to 2010, offering courses in real estate, asset management, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
A lawsuit and two class action lawsuits were filed against the ‘university,’ based on allegations that it had defrauded its students though misleading marketing practices and aggressive sales tactics. All three lawsuits were settled to the tune of $25million in November 2016 after Trump was elected president.
This isn’t the first time that Cohen has used his social media account to poke fun at Trump.
Two days prior to the November 2016 election, Cohen posted his 2003 Da Ali G Show interview with Trump, captioning it, ‘The greatest prankster on the planet….chatting to Ali G. #dumbanddumber.’
In the clip, Trump appears to humor Cohen, before cutting the interview short and walking out after apparently realizing it was a joke.
In 2012, Trump tweeted, ‘I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my Ali G interview.’
But in 2016, Cohen told James Corden that Trump actually stayed ‘for about seven minutes.’
Although virtually nothing is known about Cohen’s upcoming series, it’s believed that it will be political in nature.
Vulture reported that the series is likely to be called, Who Is America?, with Showtime calling Cohen’s yet-to-be-revealed character ‘shameless,’ ‘unhinged’ and ‘cold-blooded,’ while noting that the series might be ‘perhaps the most dangerous show in the history of television.’
In 2003, Cohen famously scored a sit down interview with Trump for his Da Ali G Show. In the clip, Ali G asks if Trump will invest in his idea to create a special ice cream eating glove
Trump appears to wise up to the fact that he is being pranked and cuts the interview short
The London native is shown as Ali G in a still from the 2002 comedy Ali G Indahouse
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