Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Sacha Baron Cohen's year-long undercover prank

Sacha Baron Cohen's year-long undercover prank

It was not clear whether Baron Cohen, 46, would resurrect his cheeky alter ego Ali G., a white English rapper, whose interviews with subjects including Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich launched his comedy career some 20 years ago.

We'll find out when "Who Is America?" premieres this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

In the clip, a voice that sounds like Cohen-in-disguise can be heard asking Cheney to sign the waterboard. Cheney responds, "Sure", and adds with a smile, "That's the first time I've ever signed a waterboard". In it, Cohen asks (with a Middle Eastern accent) if Dick Cheney will sign his waterboarding kit, with the former vice president happily agreeing.

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Baron Cohen said in 2016 that Trump participated in the interview longer than most guests. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics.

Sacha Baron Cohen took to social media on Sunday to tease his upcoming series on Showtime. As spotted by our editors in Park Slope, Brooklyn this weekend, it appears Cohen's Showtime series will be called Who Is America?, and has a set premiere date for July 15.

On the Fourth of July holiday, Cohen also tweeted a video mocking Trump.

Then on Thursday, Variety reported that Cohen was in talks with Showtime for a brand new topical series, the format of which would be similar to Da Ali G Show. Baron Cohen is also famous for "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", and his other film credits include "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", "Alice Through the Looking Glass", "Les Miserables", "Bruno", "Madagascar", "The Dictator", and "Hugo".

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