The 2016 presidential race is clearly one of the most bizarre — and entertaining — in the history of American politics. Comedians Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss have teamed up to co-host Anyone Can Be President, Even Us: Laughing All the Way to the White House, a new weekly political comedy show where New York’s best comedians, writes and news contributors gather to give their unique take on the presidential election. To date, the show has featured the likes of Judah Friedlander (NBC’s 30 Rock), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) and comedy legend George Wallace, among others, offering their hilarious take on the political process and the candidates. As the presidential race heats up, we sat down with Brendan and Lance to talk about the show and to get their thoughts on the election.
COB: When did you two meet/start working together?
BF and LW: We met doing a show about 8 years ago in Brooklyn. We came up together with a bunch of really awesome comedians that we are still friends with today.
COB: What was your inspiration to start this show?
BF and LW: This year’s election is of course the craziest one any of us have ever seen. A lot of it doesn’t even really make sense. We also know a ton of writers on tv shows and comics who do political material, and we thought it would be fun to bring them together each week to hear their take.
COB: If you two ran for president, who would win?
BF and LW: It’s hard to say. Lance would probably shake more hands with people, but Brendan has better hair. Hair always wins these things.
COB: The actual race to the White House has been a comedic experience in itself. Could you see anything that has been said during one of these shows being said in real life? Are any answers similar to real life?
BF and LW: Donald Trump is a like a comedian who doesn’t have punch lines. We literally play a game at our show called Trump or Porn where the audience has to guess if its a Trump quote or a porn quote, and a lot of times the audience can’t guess which is which.
COB: If you could do this show with the actual candidates, what is one question you
would want to ask Hillary?
BF and LW: Can you blink? We’re pretty sure you’re a Japanese robot.
COB: What is one question you would want to ask Trump?
BF and LW: Who is going to be your Vice President, Hitler, Brock Turner, or Yosemite Sam?
COB: If you could do this show during any other election year, past or present, which
would you choose? Why?
Lance: 1832. I would come out every show and send jokes to the audience via carrier pigeons.
Brendan: 1904, that was a very interesting election. I heard Teddy Roosevelt won because he was able to punch himself in the penis while saving the environment.
COB: Have you had any comedians on the show who you would want to see in the real
BF and LW: Judah Friedlander, he’s literally already got solutions to every single issue you can think of. He’s the World Champion, and he would be the greatest president ever.
COB: What has been your favorite part about the election thus far? Least favorite?
BF and LW: How everyone was scared of Ted Cruz especially his kids, and that Ben Carson was asleep during all of it.
COB: Which comedian is your ideal presidential candidate?
BF and LW: Stephen Colbert and us. Come on BABY!!!
Anyone Can Be President, Even Us: Laughing All the Way to the White House takes place every Monday night at 9:00 PM. Purchase tickets here or call our Box Office at 212.757.4100 for reservations.