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Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

American comedian, author, blogger, designer, and internet personality
Sarah Cooper
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American comedian, author, blogger, designer, and internet personality
Known for Donald Trump's impersonation videos
Is Writer Comedian Blogger
From United States of America Jamaica
Type Humor Internet Literature
Gender female
Birth 1978, Jamaica, Jamaica
Age: 42 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Family
Mother: Jennifer P. Cooper
Father: Lance G. Cooper
Spouse: Jeff Palm
Education
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Economics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia M.S. Digital Design 2001
Notable Works
How to Medical 2020
The details

Biography

Sarah Cooper (born c. 1978) is an American design/user-experience professional, comedian, blogger, and author based in New York City. She is recognized for posting videos on Twitter in which she lip-syncs Trump's speeches.

Early life and education

Sarah Cooper was born Sarah Anne Cooper circa 1978 in Jamaica to Jennifer P. Cooper and Lance G. Cooper. When she was three, her family moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1980. Her mother worked in human resources at a consulting company.

Growing up, Cooper wanted to act and study theater, but her parents insisted she studied something practical. 

Cooper studied economics as the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Later, she attended Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, from where she graduated with an M.S. degree in Digital Media in 2001.

Career

Early career

In April 2006, she joined Yahoo! as a Senior Visual Designer, while continuing to perform comedy part-time. Two months later, in June 2006, she created her eponymous YouTube channel. She was with Yahoo! until January 2008. In June 2011, she became the User Experience Lead and Manager at Google, where she led product development for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Cooper left Google in November 2014 and around the same time, started writing satirical pieces on her blog TheCooperReview.com. The blog, an ensemble of her satirical take on life, work, and politics, was a quick success and some of the posts even appeared in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Huffington Post. Her 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women, and The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco, were instant viral hits on social media. 

The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco
by Sarah Cooper

The success from the blog won Cooper a three-book deal with Andrews McMeel Publishing. In October 2016, she published her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying –– a humorous take on the contemporary corporate work culture, illustrated with cartoons. The book, with 100 tricks, is an extension to her blog post with 10 tricks to achieve the same goal. The book was also published in German in 2017. In 2018, she authored How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women. The book, full of tongue-in-cheek advice, included such chapters as "9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women," "How to Ace Your Job Interview Without Over-acing It," and "Choose Your Own Adventure: Do You Want to Be Likable or Successful?". It received praise from several publishers including Yahoo!, Women in the World, and Quartz.

The success from writing and comedy gave Cooper the confidence to re-consider comedy and writing as her vocation. 

Rise to fame

In early April 2020, Cooper began posting her funny videos on Tiktok. She had initially rejected TikTok thinking it's something the kids use, however, during the coronavirus lockdown, seeking inspiration, she checked out TikTok again and noticed kids lip-syncing to music and TV/movie clips. It was at that moment she was hit by the idea of lip-syncing Trump, because, in her own words, "…I am so different than who he is.… I'm a black woman, I'm an immigrant. And the stuff he gets away with saying, I would never get away with saying unless I can lip-sync him."

On April 23rd, she posted on Twitter and Tiktok a video titled "How to Medical" in which she lip-synced Donald Trump's coronavirus press conference in which he suggested that light and household cleaners might have uses for treating coronavirus infections. 

The video instantly went viral on social media and caught the attention of several Hollywood bigwigs on Twitter including Jerry Seinfeld (https://twitter.com/JerrySeinfeld/status/1253703052172898306), Patton Oswalt (https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/1254507119555960832), and Gina Yashere (https://twitter.com/ginayashere/status/1254859439657480193). By mid-June, the TikTok video had amassed over 700,000 views and her tweet with the video had over 20 million views, 200,000 retweets, and 570,000 likes. 

On her decision to impersonate Trump, Cooper says:

He’s just kind of BSing his way through the presidency, as he usually does,” Cooper said of Trump’s briefings, “but it’s just in your face every day. ... It reminded me of being in the corporate world. I’d be in a meeting, and a business guy would come in, and he would throw around some buzzword he just learned five minutes ago, and he would just talk, and people would be, like, ‘Oh, wow, he’s so smart. Yeah, what a key team player.’ ... And to be honest, I’ve always wanted to be one of those guys.

Encouraged by the feedback, Cooper started posting Trump lip-sync videos regularly on TikTok and Twitter. On May 26, 2020, she was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres

A few days later, on June 12, 2020, she appeared on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show.

Cooper continues to post Donald Trump-themed videos on all her social channels and continues to rise in popularity.

Earlier, in 2019, Cooper had written for 6 episodes of animation/comedy TV series Science!

Personal

Cooper married her husband Jeff Palm on 7 February 2015 in New York. Palm is a software engineer at Google and the two had met while working together at Google. 

Donald Trump has blocked Cooper on Twitter.

References
washingtonpost.com
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/women-on-tiktok-have-cracked-the-code-on-how-to-satirize-trump/2020/05/19/d002086e-9602-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html
newyorker.com
https://web.archive.org/web/20200618195337/https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/04/sarah-coopers-non-threatening-leadership-skills-for-women
nytimes.com
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/fashion/weddings/sarah-cooper-and-jeffrey-palm.html
iac.gatech.edu
https://web.archive.org/web/20200618195621/https://www.iac.gatech.edu/community/alumni-success/sarah-cooper
https://www.recode.net/2018/1/10/16871786/sarah-cooper-comedian-google-dick-costolo-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast
https://amp.ft.com/content/157bec64-d06d-11e8-a9f2-7574db66bcd5/
nytimes.com
https://web.archive.org/web/20180208063326/https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/fashion/weddings/sarah-cooper-and-jeffrey-palm.html
https://www.redbull.com/us-en/theredbulletin/appear-smart-in-meetings-without-really-trying
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/arts/television/jerry-seinfeld-netflix.html
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Article Title: Sarah Cooper: American comedian, author, blogger, designer, and internet personality - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
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Publisher: PeoplePill
Article URL: https://peoplepill.com/people/sarah-cooper-14/
Publish Date: 15 Nov 2018
Date Accessed: 08 Aug 2020
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