Watch: Paula Bennett joins Tom Sainsbury for retirement dance

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 29 Jun 2020, 2:21PM

Watch: Paula Bennett joins Tom Sainsbury for retirement dance

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 29 Jun 2020, 2:21PM

New Zealand comedian Tom Sainsbury has posted a hilarious impersonation of National Party MP Paula Bennett.

It comes after Bennett announced this morning that she is quitting politics.

The comedian is known for his entertaining impressions of her and published a timely impression of her following this morning's announcement.

Sainsbury's impressions earned him a mention in Bennett's press conference.

She said she thought comedian Tom Sainsbury was a genius and his impressions of her and brought her to a wider audience.

In the segment posted to his Facebook page, Sainsbury pretends to be Bennett announcing her retirement.

Sainsbury stops himself repeatedly from criticising the National Party or the new leadership team.

"I'm going to keep it civil," Sainsbury jokes.

"Obviously I'm going to see out the rest of the term, and then it's sayonara Nikki [Kaye], sayonara Todd [Muller]."

"Maybe I'll be an entrepreneur, open a big kimono business."

Sainsbury jokes while impersonating Bennett he needs to change into Trelise Cooper so she looks "fabulous" doing press interviews.

"I don't want anyone to worry about ol' Paula Bennett because I'm going to come back like a Phoenix from the ashes, just you watch."

In a fitting tribute to Sainsbury's source of comedic inspiration, the video then cuts to Bennett and Sainsbury dancing to I Will Survive.

In a second video posted after the announcement, Sainsbury and Bennett converse about the latter's future, with Bennett jokingly pleading that Sainsbury retire the character.

However, Sainsbury did not give a firm answer as to what will happen to his version of the MP. 

Sainsbury also regularly impersonated former National Party leader Simon Bridges, who stepped down in May.