The Yes Men’s Mike Bonanno on the Power of Pranks

  • Variety
Comedians and satirists have been thoroughly challenged in the age of Trump, says Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men, the prankster duo who have sent up corporate greed and government injustice since the 90s by impersonating members of elite power structures. “The challenge is how to work with humor in this moment,” he told a packed audience at the Ji.hlava docu fest, admitting he already finds footage from the Yes Men’s new trailer, put together in June, “kind of horrifying.” In the clip, for an as-yet-unnamed film in which he and partner Andy Bichlbaum ironically explore how to build the greatest wall ever, they are seen carefully studying the strengths and weaknesses of the former Berlin Wall, Israel’s “Security Fence” and the Great Wall of China. One sequence shows them making enthusiastic notes about razor wire, then attending a helpful demonstration by a contractor who demonstrates how
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