Walker for America

A still from the new "Walker for America" ad, which Madison comedian Brandon Jensen has given the bad lip-reading treatment.

Scott Walker launched his campaign for the U.S. presidency last week, promising to run for the 2016 GOP nomination on “big, bold ideas.”

But did Walker really promise that he was “ready for putting on this fake dad wig”? Did he really boast in a campaign ad that he could “beat a hungry cricket”?

Not really. Madison comedian Brandon Jensen put those words in his mouth — literally.

Jensen made several “bad lip-reading” videos of Walker during his 2014 re-election campaign, and jumped back into the fray this week with the new “Walker for America” ad. In the videos, Jensen loops in nonsense words that approximate the syllables that Walker is saying into the camera, and the contrast between his earnest expression and stream of pure gobbledegook leads to high comedy.

So Walker's statement that “In the Republican field, there are some who are good fighters” becomes “You’d probably feel oil shampoo on your face.” And “Now I’m running for president to fight and win for the American people” becomes “Now I’m ready to put on this fake dad wig in front of a million people.”

Jensen told the Cap Times last fall that he deliberately doesn’t pay attention to what Walker is actually saying.

“I purposefully didn’t listen to the original, just so I could think of words that weren’t anything like that,” he said. “I just watched his mouth moving and tried to pick out key words that it looked like he might be saying, and then filled in the gaps in between.”

With the first GOP debate coming in August and likely many more Walker TV ads and speeches to come, Jensen will be getting almost too much material to work with in the coming months.

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Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.