Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin on Delivering Comedy, Virtually


For years, comic J-L Cauvin has channeled our 45th president during his stand-up acts. But it wasn’t until the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic that Cauvin’s impersonation of President Donald Trump completely took off.

In March, Cauvin posted a two-minute clip that mocked Trump’s promise to restart the economy by Easter. It has since racked up more than 2.5 million views on YouTube and 6.9 million on Twitter, and earned him accolades in the The Daily Beast and The Washington Post for his spot-on impersonation.

Recently, Throughline invited the New Jersey-based comic to perform virtually via Zoom for a company event. During a Q&A session following the show, Chief Throughliner Brad Phillips took the opportunity to ask Cauvin about the challenges of performing virtually – and how he’s made it work.

You can watch their discussion – and see his spot-on impersonations of President Trump, VP Mike Pence, Sen. Mitch McConnell, comic Dave Chappelle, and others – in this video.

Since March, Cauvin says he’s created and posted more than 10 hours’ worth of Trump material on social media channels. It’s where you can find his other impersonations, as well, including his take on former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and American pastor Joel Osteen.

Here’s a couple (including his breakout clip) of our outgoing commander-in-chief: