Writer/director/editor Vera Drew was recently given the opportunity to lend her “dark, weird, and kitschy” editing style to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America. The satirical comedy series from Showtime follows various Cohen characters as he speaks with individuals about culture and the current political climate. The series is nominated for three Emmys, including Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Program, which marks Drew’s first nomination. 

Drew’s diverse background in filmmaking has allowed her to thrive as an editor, director, and writer. Her skills in each medium informs the others, which makes her a well-rounded and sought-after talent. She was able to rise quickly in the business while working with Tim and Eric’s Abso Lutely Productions, and has continued to work on projects such as The Eric Andre Show, Check It Out with Steve Brule, and other offbeat Adult Swim comedies.

/Film had the opportunity to speak with Drew about her first Emmy nomination as well as her recent decision to publicly come out as trans. Drew opens up about how coming out affected her already-established place in the industry, and why it only made her work more authentic. From her her enticing horror ideas to exciting upcoming projects, here’s a glimpse at Vera Drew’s past, present, and future in Hollywood…

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Unaired Who Is America Segment

Sacha Baron Cohen turned plenty of heads with his Showtime series Who Is America?, where he put himself under heavy make-up to become various characters who interviewed politicians, pundits and everyday American citizens, ultimately embarrassing them or making them severely uncomfortable, and showing the ugliest side of their instinctual proclivities and behavior. But there was one dark turn that a particular interview for the series took that was too horrendous to make light of, so much that footage from the segment was turned over to the FBI and never aired on the show.

Find out about this unaired Who Is America segment from Sacha Baron Cohen himself below. Read More »

Who is America Season 2 Not Happening

After stirring up all sorts of controversy and creating problems for plenty of politicians and pundits, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s comedy documentary series Who Is America? will not be returning for a second season. No, the show hasn’t been canceled, but instead, Cohen simply doesn’t see a way to easily continue the show and deliver the same kind of shock and hilarity. Read More »

Borat on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last night, everyone was abuzz with the results of the midterm elections. But while some American citizens were out voting on Tuesday, others had to deal with some election tampering and canvassing from an unlikely personality: Kazakhstan native Borat Sagdiyev.

Jimmy Kimmel Live hosted Sacha Baron Cohen last night where the comedy actor revealed how he tried to swing the midterm elections to please Premier Trump by walking around the more wealthy part of Los Angeles to garner support for the Republican party. Funnily enough, he didn’t have to try very hard to find people who fully support the Orange-in-Chief. Read More »

Who is America season 2

Update 8/28: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Showtime has yet to officially cancel Who is America, despite Cohen claiming that the most recent episode would be “the last EVER show”. I guess the joke’s on us and there’s still a chance the series could return for a second season after all. Our original article follows.

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in two films in 2016 and then disappeared from screens for two years, laying dormant as he planned his next move. Then he burst onto the scene again with Who is America?, a surprise Showtime series that became controversial before it even aired its first episode. The first season came to an end last night, and Cohen says Who is America season 2 is not going to happen. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War VFX Reel

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a new Avengers: Infinity War visual effects reel shows off sequences from inside Ebony Maw’s ship. Plus, a video essay explores the comedic philosophy of deception master Sacha Baron Cohen, and Juliet Naked co-stars Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd teach each other (and us) Australian and Irish slang respectively. Read More »

who is america joe arpaio clip

Who is America? may be hit or miss when it comes to the quality of its episodes, but at least its viral clips always provide us a good, righteous laugh. This time around, the subject is disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose racist, anti-illegal immigrants antics were so heinous that he received a federal criminal conviction — until he was pardoned by his good friend, President Donald Trump. Arpaio was never brought to court for his crimes of racial profiling and contempt of court.

In swoops Sacha Baron Cohen, posing as an outrageous, orange-haired YouTuber from Finland, to humiliate Arpaio for us, in place of actual legal justice. In a spoof of the ubiquitous “unboxing” videos that are inexplicably a huge genre in the YouTube community, Baron Cohen manages to get Arpaio to yell about gun control to a toy donut and admit that he would probably accept a blowjob from Trump. All in a good day’s work.

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Who is America Sarah Palin

Before the premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series Who Is America?, Sarah Palin made press rounds chastising Cohen for taking advantage of her. She said Cohen impersonated a veteran to trick her into being on his show, and she ultimately walked out of the interview when his questions became offensive.

Once Who Is America? premiered, we saw the character in question: Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr., PhD. Ruddick does not purport to be a veteran, but does ride a motorized scooter to conserve his energy. Now it seems like Palin may have outted herself for nothing. Showtime President of Programming Gary Levine spoke with reporters at the Television Critics Association. Find out the fate of Palin’s interview and a second season below.

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Who Is America Roy Moore Clip

The third episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s headline-making comedy documentary series Who Is America? aired last night, and right on schedule, we have the clip that will easily be the most talked about from the latest installment of the Showtime series.

Remember Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore? He’s the Republican who lost a special election in December of 2017 for an Alabama senate seat when allegations surfaced that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year old girl when the politician himself was 32 years old. Several other women also came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct and even assault when they were teens.

So in an interview segment with Roy Moore on Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen’s anti-terrorist expert character Colonel Erran Morad introduced a new piece of technology that is, uh, scientifically able to detect whether someone is a pedophile. You can imagine how it plays out during the interview with the disgraced but somehow shameless politician, but you can also watch for yourself. Read More »

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Who is America - Sacha Baron Cohen and Dick Cheney

Comedian and professional provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen‘s comedy series Who is America? penetrated the pop culture zeitgeist with its surprise premiere this past weekend. But the numbers are in, and it turns out the ratings are smaller than expected.

Find out how many people actually tuned in, see some clips from the premiere, a teaser for the second episode, and learn about a viral website from one of Cohen’s new characters that’s been operational for months. Read More »