Trump impression? You’re hired!

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  • A still from the Fusion Christmas special lampooning President Donald Trump shows Trump, accompanied by current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, checking in on Trump’s former press secretary, Sean Spicer, in “Christmas Present”. —Courtesy photo

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 5:23PM

Eric Jackman’s impression of President Donald Trump is very physical. He purses his lips, narrows his eyes, and punctuates his sentences with “The Donald’s” signature hand gesture, touching thumb to forefinger. But he had to cast aside the physical aspect of the performance for his latest project: Voicing Trump in a series of YouTube political cartoons.

“You’re relying on the accuracy of your voice,” said Jackman, of his experience with voice-over, a first in his career as an impressionist. “The voice, the inflection, and Trump’s vocabulary, which I’ve been studying for years.”

Jackman, a resident of Peterborough, has been imitating Donald Trump since 2006, long before he was president, inspired by his long-time feud with and comments about comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell. Opportunities to play the real-estate mogul turned politician skyrocketed when Trump won the presidency. One of those opportunities, said Jackman, came from his cousin, Tim Rogers, a writer for Fusion Media, a multi-platform network that includes reporting, coverage of pop culture, satire and comedy. 

Fusion was planning a series of shorts on current issues with a comedic “Trump” voice-over, which Jackman was able to record from his New Hampshire home. But for December, Fusion planned a four-part cartoon short called “Dreaming of the Whitest Christmas,” a satirical stab at Trump’s attitudes and platform with a Christmas bent, such as “Adolf The Alt-Right Reindeer.”

A bigger project than his previous work with Fusion, Jackman was flown to the Fusion headquarters in Miami for two days of professional recording.

Though he loves live performing, said Jackman, he hopes to expand his voice-over opportunities, especially through a satirical series. 

“Instead of yelling at each other and taking politics to a toxic level, I think packaging what you want to say in a comedic manner is a better way of doing things,” said Jackman. “You can poke fun at the powerful in a way that still promotes creativity.”

Three of the four Christmas specials are available on Fusion’s YouTube Channel, and the Fusion TV Facebook page. More of Jackman’s material can be found on his podcast, Jackman Radio or his Instagram at senatorjackman.