But within hours of the comedian and author’s first call with executive producers Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens and their production company, Animal, the women were texting ideas to each other; within a week they had sold the project that would become Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine. The special, Cooper’s first, officially debuts Oct. 27 on Netflix.
The surreal collection of sketches and cameos and, of course, Donald Trump impersonations starts out with Cooper playing a chipper morning news anchor but quickly devolves into strange, surreal madness — like 2020, essentially. Rudolph and Lyonne’s longtime collaborators — Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell and star Fred Armisen (who is also Lyonne’s partner), along with people like Winona Ryder, Helen Mirren and even Connie Chung filled out the cast and writing staff; Rudolph appears in the special as a deranged weather woman and Lyonne directs.
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