Client

Applause Agency

Contact

Navy Lanier
Applause Agency
P: 1 (713) 315-0817
E: mail@Applause.LA
A: Houston, TX

Project Details (Provided by Client)

  • Client is putting on a 20 city tour called, "The Last Debate," and is seeking impersonators for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for a hilariously good time.
  • Client is working with LiveNation selecting venues, dates, and local personalities.
  • Client is looking at an average venue size is approximated at 3,000 seats.
  • Client is aiming for a 60-75 minute show. (NOTE: In the past, we've run our debate as two 30-minute segments with a 15-minute intermission in the middle for concessions -- which makes the venues happy)
  • Client is seeking fair and balanced comedy which can and should attack both sides of the aisle.
  • Client is hoping to have local personalities, such as news anchors and talk radio hosts, moderate the debate.
  • Client would like the two main actors to have their own material.

Recommendations

  • A comedian, either acting as another political character or a host, should act as the catalyst between the audience, two main characters, and moderators. Either a local comedian, or a fixed comedian who travels with the show, will work. A fixed comedian is better because there will be a chemistry between the the main cast.
  • Although there will be spontaneous moments in the debate, including unannounced questions from the moderators and audience, a bulk of the material should be prewritten -- including multimedia slides which we use in all of our shows (adds a true modern feel).
  • With the limited amount of time to prepare this debate, and for maximum productivity, we recommend having on our end: 1) a Donald Trump who can memorize material, improv, and write comedy, 2) a Hillary Clinton who can memorize material, improv, and write comedy, 3) a comedian host who memorize material, improv, and write comedy, and 4) a political comedy writer.
  • The flow of the show should run something like this: 1) 5-minute opening from the host to, most importantly, build a rapport with the audience, but also recap the election season and set the tone of the debate, 2) 2-minute introduction of the various news anchors and/or talk radio hosts that make the panel of moderators, 3) 30-second introduction and entrance of Hillary Clinton, 4) 30-second introduction and entrance of Donald Trump, 5) 1-minute opening statement from Hillary Clinton, 5) 1-minute opening statement from Donald Trump, 6) 20-minute debate, 7) 15-minute intermission, 8) 3-minute opening form the host to regroup the audience, 9) 1-minute reintroduction of the panel of moderators, 10) 30-second reintroduction and entrance of Hillary Clinton, 10) 30-second reintroduction and entrance of Donald Trump, 11) 30-second statement from Hillary Clinton, 12) 30-second statement from Donald Trump, 13) 10-minute debate, 14) 6-minute audience questions, 15) 6-minute debate, 16) 1-minute Hillary Clinton closing statement, 17) 1-minute Donald Trump closing statement, and 18) 30-60 minute reception for photos with the characters.
  • For additional revenue, you should consider selling "VIP tickets" for a post-show "VIP reception" with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a meet & greet photo op with the characters.
  • For additional revenue, you should look at live streaming one or many of the debates either with a partner like "Funny or Die" or on your own channel.

Issues

  • We are facing a very tight deadline which means limited availability when it comes to artists.
  • With "corporate entertainers" and "television comedians," we are looking at artists who expect much higher per show rates -- especially with it being the last month of the Presidential campaign season where much of their money is made.
  • "Corporate entertainers" aren't necessarily the best option for the type of production you are producing. You need artists who understand politics and follow the news.

Our Suggestion

  • Take a look at the various Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actors below. We've included pros and cons on each of them.
  • I've been in the political comedy production industry for 8 years. I have developed and managed many political impersonators ranging from natural born lookalikes I put through comedy training to comedic actors I've put into makeup and wigs. The demand for Trump is high, and many of our actor's schedules have been filling up quickly. I started developing my own Donald Trump character several months ago as I had to train Tim Watters to be our main Donald Trump. Due to his schedule filling up so quickly, I decided to launch my own Trump character. I couldn't resist as he is such a colorful character, and I really wanted to portray him. I invested in a wig, prosthetic makeup, and costume which will be ready mid-September. I already have a few scattered dates booked for myself, but I would really like to play Trump in this show. Take a look at Piotr Michael and Anthony Atamanuik below -- my Trump is a blend between those two characters.
  • My personal suggestion for Trump would be to use me -- I can book off the entire second half of September to prep and all of October to tour -- my partners can run our day to day. I'm open to another Trump, but I am 100% confident I would nail this for you. My personal suggestion for Hillary would be to use Dorothy Bishop -- you can read about her below. In short, her schedule is perfect for us, her character will work for this show, and she has the improv skills needed for this production. I am open to negotiating with any of the below artists, but that's my personal assessment -- if I were producing the show, that's what I would do.
  • Once we agree on Trump and Hillary, we can look at comedian hosts and a lead political comedy writer.
  • We would handle all of the writing and supporting multimedia creation.

Budget

On our end, based on our recommendations and suggestions above, and 20 dates, you'd be looking at the following per show expenses:

  • Donald Trump
    • Per Show Talent Fee: $3,000.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
    • Per Show Hotel: Client Books Hotel
  • Donald Trump Makeup Artist
    • Per Show Prosthetic Appliances: $650.00
    • Per Show Makeup Artist Fee: $1,250.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
  • Hillary Clinton
    • Per Show Talent Fee: $3,000.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
    • Per Show Hotel: Client Books Hotel
  • Hillary Clinton Makeup Artist
    • Per Show Prosthetic Appliances: $650.00
    • Per Show Makeup Artist Fee: $1,250.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
  • Comedian Host
    • Per Show Talent Fee: $1,000.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
    • Per Show Hotel: Client Books Hotel
  • Political Comedy Writer
    • Per Show Talent Fee: $1,000.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $750.00
    • Per Show Hotel: Client Books Hotel
  • Total Per Show Cost: $17,200.00
    • Per Show Talent Fees: $8,000.00
    • Per Show Makeup Artist Fees: $2,500.00
    • Per Show Prosthetic Appliances: $1,300.00
    • Per Show Travel Allowance: $4,500.00
    • Per Show Hotel: 6 rooms / $900.00

Payment across 20 show tour would work like this:

  • Per Show Talent Fees
    • 50% of total fees to be paid up front: $80,000.00
    • 50% of total per show fees to be paid prior to each event: $4,000.00
  • Per Show Makeup Artist Fees
    • 50% of total fees to be paid up front: $25,000.00
    • 50% of total per show fees to be paid prior to each event: $1,250.00
  • Per Show Prosthetic Appliances
    • 100% of total cost to be paid up front: $26,000.00
  • Per Show Travel Allowance
    • 100% of total cost to be paid up front: $90,000.00