Trumperte: An Honest and Rip-Daringly Political Parody of This Generation
by Maria Romero, November 04, 2018 9:14pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Trumperte is probably the most ambitious crossover in the history of politics and entertainment. But veteran comedian and master of political satire Jon Santos was able to put Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, ex-first lady Imelda Marcos, Dancer-slash-blogger Mocha Uson, and our favorite Pinay Superhero Darna in one stage. Trumperte did more than just have all these personalities come together in one night because it also brought political conversations back to the table through its comical banters.
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In Jon Santos’ political spoof mashup, he also shed light on making amends with our cultural defeats taking cues from the alarming number of dubious celebrities and icons making headlines in the name of power. At this time of adversity and indifference, this timely farce took a huge step out of the traditional stand-up comedy show realm to talk about alternative truth, historical revisionism, and upcoming midterm polls.
Jon’s transition from one character to another was exemplary! One moment he was this dancer wearing a cropped baseball shirt matched with a lay bare shorts as she grooved to the sound of her narcissistic voice. The other minute he came out as Imelda with her profound desire to bring back their family's glory at the Palace’s lair. His impersonation of Darna with the super hero’s relatable teasings was more than just satisfying, too. But his Melania and Donald Trump act were even more superb! With a little change of hairdo and additional padding, he swiftly changed from Melania to Trump as he unfolded each character’s tales.
The show’s finale was one of the most anticipated scenes because the politician-slash-superstar under the name of Pangulong DuThirty showed up with his usual cursing ridicules and rash jests. It was indeed scary how accurately Jon portrayed this legendary display. That, in itself, was one huge radical act! With that, he easily tickled the audiences keeping them at the edge of their seats until the end of the show.
However, given the fast pace of the current news dissemination, both real and otherwise, it’s a struggle for writers Jon, Enrico Santos, and Joel Mercado to keep up by constantly updating their materials. This was in addition to deciding which characters and events to satirize.
But in this show, one thing's for sure: They will always empower people to engage in politics not just because they made the involved events and personalities more ludicrous but because they introduce a new way to spark up intellectual discussions.
This meme-able trickery was indeed a gem in this generation that lacks enough understanding of social issues. Truly, Trumperte, under the direction of Michael Williams, was an honest and rip-daringly political parody that opens eyes, provoke people to be more critical, and engages them to be part of the problem’s solution.
Should this show opens for a re-run, we highly recommend you to catch it especially that it is now staged under Philippine Educational Theater Association's spotlight as part of its creative campaign for its 51st season, the Stage of the Nation.