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Series / Who Is America?

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Who Is America? is a 30-minute mockumentary series currently airing on Showtime. The series centers around Sacha Baron Cohen playing a wide variety of characters to prank various people, mostly political figures.

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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Morad has Dick Cheney sign a "waterboarding kit" that was previously signed by the likes of Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Demi Lovato.
  • Aside Glance: Morad gives a split-second but priceless one to the camera after successfully tricking Jason Spencer into screaming the N-word at the top of his lungs, on camera.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Jason Spencer trying to imitate a Chinese tourist.
  • Ass Kicks You: Morad convinces Spencer that this is the best way to defend yourself against terrorists.
  • Bait-and-Switch: "Picture this scene. You are chained to a radiator, naked, with a bag over your head. All of a sudden, terrorists break in and kidnap you...completely ruining your birthday party."
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Nira gives one to the people of Kingman.
    Dr. Nira Cain-N'Degeocello: Let me assure you that I share your concerns about terrorism, and we will do everything we can to protect these Muslims from it.
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  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Morad has one that you could launch a fleet of aircraft off of.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: To whit:
    Dr. Nira: I didn't imply anyone here was racist.
    Guy in the back: I am! I'm racist against Muslims.
  • Cringe Comedy:
  • Eagleland: The premise of the series.
  • Fake American: Sacha as Billy Ruddick and Dr. Nira.
  • Gilligan Cut: In the "Kinderguardians" segment, Matt Gaetz tells Morad that no legislator is going to go on TV to endorse a policy they just heard of. Cut to several political figures doing exactly that.note 
  • Insane Troll Logic: Sacha's characters are quite abnormal and so is their logic. First interview, he played Billy Wayne Ruddick and "interviewed" Bernie Sanders. They discussed the 1% and 99% in which Ruddick claims if you take one of the 9s from the 99% to the 1% then it makes 19%.
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  • Never My Fault: While playing Ruddick, Sacha complained to Bernie that Obamacare is to blame for the fact he suddenly, spontaneously got diagnosed with both Type 1 and 2 diabetes and chalky deposits. Bernie did seem confused, but his reply was "Billy, I'm not your doctor".
  • N-Word Privileges: Morad tells Jason Spencer that shouting this out loud is the best way to attract attention to yourself (and consequently scare off kidnappers.) Spencer then immediately starts screaming the word you're probably thinking of. (The word Morad was thinking of was "noonie", by the way.)
  • Insistent Terminology: Jason Spencer doesn't call it a "burkha ban", it's an "anti-masking statute."
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Quoth Jason Spencer when asked to portray a Chinese tourist:
    Jason Spencer: (faux-Chinese accent) Oh, (unintelligible) Konichiwa, Red Dragon Bejing, (unintelligible), sushi, (unintelligible), Red Dragon, Ho Chi Minh City...
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The people of Kingman, Arizona are not big fans of Islam.
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Whatever possessed Jason Spencer note  to agree to drop his pants and scream the N-Word on camera has to qualify.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As usual for Baron Cohen. His goal seems to be to make every character more extreme and impossible to believe than the one before.
  • Running Gag: A surprisingly subtle one, in that Erran Morad's military rank changes every episode he appears in.
  • Take That!: Done to the target's face, no less. Morad meets with Alabama politician Roy Moore to demonstrate a device he claims that can detect pedophiles, only to have the machine beep for a positive reading every time he points it at Moore. Moore is not amused.
  • Troll: Sacha Baron Cohen deliberately fools around with American politicians like Bernie Sanders to create comedy under the guise that they were going to do serious interviews.
  • Vulgar Humor: No surprise, considering who's behind the show. Rick Sherman making art out of ejaculate and pubic hair is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

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