|Intro||American stand-up comedian|
|Is||Comedian Stand-up comedian Actor Impressionist Lawyer|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Arts Entertainment Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Law|
|Birth||New York City, New York|
|Residence||Bloomfield, New Jersey|
J-L Cauvin (born around 1979) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, blogger, and impressionist. He rose to fame in March 2020 after he started posting videos of him impersonating US President Donald Trump.
Early life and education
J-L Cauvin was born in New York City to an Irish-American mother and a Haitian father. He has an older brother. He grew up in the Bronx. While in school, Cauvin did impersonations of his teachers and fellow students, a hobby that he cultivated over the years in his professional life. At his high school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.
He then attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he played on the varsity basketball team and continued to hone his comedic talent. He also hosted a radio/comedy show for two years in college, during which he did many impressions of known people. After graduating from Williams College in 2001, he studied law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. Around the same time, he began to perform standup comedy at open mics in the Washington D.C. area. He was named Washington D.C.'s funniest college student in March 2004 at a sold-out show at the D.C. Improv.
After graduating from Georgetown University in May 2004, he moved back to New York and continued to perform standup comedy in the New York circuit. To pay the bills, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney during the day in the Bronx. After leaving the DA's office, he did a brief stint as an associate at a large law firm, before pursuing comedy full-time. Over the years, he has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2009), NESN Comedy All Stars (2008), Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, ESPN's The Dan Le Batard Show and is a regular on The Adam Carolla Show.
Rise to fame
In late 2019, Cauvin accepted a full-time job offer with a law firm in New Jersey and decided to leave New York, making comedy his secondary pursuit. Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, he began posting his Trump impersonation videos on YouTube and Twitter. On March 11, after Trump's conference on coronavirus, he posted a video impersonating Trump; the video went viral and put him back in the spotlight.
In the last week of March, he was out walking his dog when a friend texted, "Can you believe this? He [Trump] just said he wants to reopen the economy by Easter." Cauvin recalls, "I said to my girlfriend, hold the dog for a second, I think this would make a funny video..." He went back inside and spent two minutes making a quick Trump impersonation video on the topic and shared it on YouTube and Twitter. "And over the next 48 hours, it just exploded." It has since accumulated millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.
God only brought one guy back from the dead on Easter. Trump is here to bring back the whole economy on Easter 2020. Enjoy this clip (possibly, like, the best ever), share and be sure to subscribe to Making Podcasts Great Again (@TrumpPod) - new every week! pic.twitter.com/aUifVWRzfh— J-L Cauvin (@JLCauvin) March 24, 2020
Although he has been doing Trump, and other, impersonation for a few years, it wasn't until the spring of 2020 he found the viral internet fame. He believes it to be the biggest and the best thing happen to his comedy. He hopes to use his newfound fame to revive his comedy career.
Video: Cauvin impersonating Louis C.K. in 2013, which was also an Internet hit during the time