Sarah Cooper and Kylie Scott are the epitomes of lip-syncs as they beat out every other TikTok users there are with their spot-on Donald Trump impersonation. It's hard enough to even remember all the conjunctions and transition words he pronounces in sequence, their lip-syncing has every single one of them right on the dot. That's some next-level entertainment there.
According to Vox, comedians have found a way to report political news better than the serious News channels these days as they can be what they are — comedians — because of the President's way of taking certain things seriously or not-so-seriously. In all fairness (some may extremely disagree), that seems just about right — the only way to cover President Trump is pointing out what is ridiculous and absurd in political satire.
So Who Is Sarah Cooper?
It turns out Sarah Cooper is already an established comedian from Jamaica, based in New York City. Plus, she's also an author having written a best-seller. She was born on November 24, 1977 (many sources are incorrect!), and her family moved from Jamaica to Rockville, Maryland, US, when she was three in 1980. Her father was a mechanical engineer, and her mother worked at human resources at a consulting company before the move. Her dad was still an engineer in Washington for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Cooper had always been a people-pleaser all her life before she actually became a comedian. She just took a leap of faith in it, even quitting the Google job for comedy. But in her childhood days, she wanted to be a performer, a singer first and then in the theater after she found out she wasn't good at singing. She spent most of her high school days on stage.
|Full Name||Sarah Anne Cooper|
|Born||November 24, 1977, in Jamaica|
|Parents||Jennifer P. Cooper (Mother) and Lance G. Cooper (Father)|
|Education||Georgia Institute of Technology (Master's Degree in Digital Media)|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
|Relationship Status||Married, Husband: Jeffrey de Blanc Palm [Feb. 2015]|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok|
How Cooper Shuffled Interests and Jobs at Yahoo! and Google Before Finding the Love for Comedy
Sarah Cooper earned a theater scholarship at the University of Maryland, but since her parents wanted her to study something more "practical" (you know, for making money), she switched to Economics while at the university. While searching for an undergraduate field of study, she found out she loved Photoshop after taking a design class. She took a job at a graphic design firm, hoping to make a career out of it. Soon enough, she enrolled in Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication, after discovering an ad for their digital media program.
Cooper was also a cheerleader in school.
Photo Source: Sarah Cooper Instagram
While not too enthusiastic about waiting to find out she got in, she met with the professors and also interviewed for an internship at MindSpring. She got into both. She got her Master's Degree in Digital Media from the university and worked her way up to become a creative director at an Atlanta design firm. She later got a job at Yahoo! in San Francisco.
However, Sarah left the job at Yahoo! at 30 and tried a hand at acting. After small roles here and there, it turned out, she didn't like being in front of the camera. But one of her digital media classmates referred her for a Google job in New York. Taking the opportunity, she was hired as a user-experience designer for the Google Docs team and later went on to be a manager. In between the two big jobs, she did do some comedy works which she would not realize she loved until much later.
Then, while working at Google Docs, Sheets and Slides in 2014, she wrote her blog, 10 Tips to Appear Smart in Meetings, which exploded in popularity with millions of views. She found her calling, started her blog, The Cooper Review, and took a surprising (for her co-workers) and brave leap to quit the job. She was confused about many things at first but eventually picked up.
One thing she teaches you is that you can find your passion even after 30.
Photo Source: Sarah Cooper Instagram
Sarah Cooper eventually got a book deal with Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel Publishing for 10 Tips to Appear Smart in Meetings, which was released in 2016, along with a humorous adult coloring book Draw What Success Looks Like. Her next book, How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, was released in 2018. She also had meetings with several notable publications, like The New Yorker Talk of the Town, The Times UK, The Washington Post, Forbes, among others, featuring on Kara Swisher’s Recode Decode podcast as well. She's even written for an animated series, titled Science!.
Sarah also became a writer/correspondent of Old News for CBS in 2019 as she performs all over New York City with her monthly stand-up show You’re So Brave. But in the New Yorker interview, she says she was done with meetings. Still, she also told the Washington Post that she's been "taking meetings" since her current viral fame. She is also working on her next book, an autobiographical take on Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, which is set to be released in 2021 via Audible Original, according to her bio on her website.
This May Be Why Cooper Didn't Like Being in Front of the Camera
When Sarah left the Yahoo! job to be an actor, she was signed by an agency and even was found working in some small parts here and there. But she never liked being in front of the camera. She'd sold her car back home in Atlanta to pay rent, and didn't know what to do. She moved back to her parents' home as a 30-year-old, not knowing what she would be doing. Until she found her way in an open-mic comedy night, which she was really confident with. She was not getting paid for those gigs before she joined Google.
Sarah met her husband at Google.
Photo Source: Sarah Cooper Instagram
A big part of her not liking the acting thing may have been due to her unapparent anxiousness and nervousness that you never see in her stand-up shows. But she assures you, she is uncomfortable every time she's on stage. It's not observable in her performances and her writings, but they're lurking in there. Those questions of doubt like 'Will anyone come to this show?' 'Is anyone going to laugh at that joke?' 'Will anyone read my book?'
TikTok was a very comfortable platform for her to be performing as she doesn't "find performing on Zoom or Instagram that rewarding."
It's not like she doesn't enjoy comedy though. She enjoys it because it's uncomfortable. "This. Is. Extremely. Uncomfortable.” She says of her stand-up works. “But at the same time, I’m just enticed by it."
How She Started on TikTok Just in April 2020 and Increased Her Twitter-Following TenFold with the Trump-Series
Sarah had been active on all social media platforms, YouTube & Twitter, for years now. But she's never tried on TikTok. It was the summer of 2019 that she created an account for herself, after her 11-year-old nephew, Tyler, introduced to her video-syncing platform, she said in an interview with The Atlantic. She made a few videos back then before completely forgetting about it. It was only in the first week of April 2020 that she restarted her TikTok page (old clips are deleted), and made use of this free-pass of not needing to come outside her home.
The Trump-series all started only in mid-April 2020 with the President's speech about forming a committee to tackle the CoronaVirus situation in a clearly confused manner. All of the videos are filmed in her Brooklyn apartment in her street clothes. See for yourself.
@whatchugotformeMy audition to be president♬ original sound - whatchugotforme
In each of her impersonation videos, she's given it a title all starting with 'How to ...', so that it feels like a series. For example, How to Medical (the Disinfectant speech), How To Testing, How to Obamagate, and How to Hydroxychloroquine.
After TikTok, she uploaded her videos on Twitter, of course. She's got just over 700,000 followers on TikTok, but her Twitter following has increased from 60,000 to 600,000 in the last month that she's done this new thing. At the time of writing, she was over 775,000 followers on her Twitter account.
Of Course, She's Drawn a Lot of Hate, But Being Blocked by Trump Is a Whole Different Level
Yeah, taking her videos to Twitter was obviously going to have a big impact on the supporters of President Trump. In her one-month journey to lip-syncing fame, she's shared a lot on Twitter about the hate messages she's been receiving from the supporters picking out flaws in her videos. They've resorted to even point out her obvious pun-intended 'How to ...' titling style being grammatically incorrect.
However, nothing can beat the step that Trump himself took against Sarah Cooper. After one of her tweets called him to be "unfit for office", using the Real/Fake News thing, back in October 2017, she recently shared that that particular incident got her blocked by the president himself.
The whole point of her impersonations is to make people see how certain words from a man "in a suit, at a podium, with a presidential seal, and people standing behind him, nodding," is just plain ridiculous. She's afraid that if she gets a higher status as viral TikTokers so often do, people might take her point to prove it all ridiculous just as they would take the words of the people that make it sound ridiculous.
In Kylie Scott's case, people tend to like it more due to the accuracy with which any regular drunk could say the President's briefings the same way he does in serious press conferences. The Washington Post writes, "It’s not that the drunk girl in the club sounds like Donald Trump, it’s that Donald Trump sounds like the drunk girl in the club."
Sarah Cooper's Husband Is a Senior Software Engineer at Google
Sarah Cooper and husband Jeffrey de Blanc Palm got married in a wedding ceremony held by Pastor Cory Casterton on February 7, 2015, on the beach at La Concha Resort in San Juan, P.R. They held another official ceremony on February 25, 2015, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau by Angel L. Lopez of the New York City Clerk’s office. She was 37, and he was 35, at the time of their wedding (which also rearranges her birth year to be 1977).
At the time, Cooper had already left Google and was working as the chief designer of Parodify.com, an app platform for comedians to write stuff. It seems the two met when she was working for Google as he is a senior software designer for the tech giant. He received his Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.
Sarah Cooper's Net Worth of $1 Million Is All from Her Comedy & Writing Career
As of May 2020, Sarah Cooper controls a net worth of $1 million, earned from her book sales of 10 Tips to Appear Smart in Meetings & How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings and stand-up comedy gigs, most notably You’re So Brave. It's a great leap for someone who claimed she was broke after she left the job at Yahoo!
Sarah Cooper has a net worth of $1 million.
Photo Source: Sarah Cooper Instagram
In terms of social media, her follower count has been increasing rapidly in the last month. Her TikTok handle, Sarah Cooper (@whatchugotforme), has received over 73,000 followers at the time of writing and is rapidly increasing. Meanwhile, her Instagram page, Sarah Cooper, has over 62,000 followers. On her YouTube channel, Sarah Cooper, she's only got over 23,000 subscribers. But Twitter is the winner here, with over 775,000 followers.
She also did a series titled The Bubble back in 2017. And you might want to look forward to her book she'd be releasing in 2021, as mentioned earlier.
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