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RICH LITTLE: The First and The Best

Rich Little, the First and Best By Jim Meskimen It’s true that the first person to excel at anything has a distinct advantage over those that follow. But in the case of impressionist Rich Little, he didn’t have to depend on that to achieve a mythic reputation as a remarkable entertainer. He had a superb

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The View From Here

As the bitter smoke from the recent election clears (or as smoldering ashes flare up and expel bitter smoke again and again) it seems from where I sit that although we, as Americans and citizens of the world have every reason to feel scandalized by the choices we were given and dismayed by the results obtained,

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ARE YOU ON AUTO-CORRECT?

Is there anything more irritating than an unwanted “auto-correct” from your phone or computer? You just want to text your friend Mercedes that she made you laugh, and auto-correct “suggests” that “Muscle-relaxant, you are a slaughterhouse” The farther along we go along this information superhighway, building up speed, the more technology is created that aim

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PROFESSIONALISM and POLITENESS: The REAL Sex Bomb

So, we went to the Hollywood Bowl this last week to see Tom Jones and Van Morrison perform. I know, right? We’ve been ticking off the 70’s icons of rock and folk over the last few years, going to see concerts by Elton John, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga),

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Who’s Ordering Me Around?

We have to take orders, of course, all the time. From bosses, naturally, but also our spouses, friends, law enforcement, government agencies, etc. We’d all probably rather we give orders than take them, but we do deal with demands on us all the time. If we shirk responsibility, we wind up, strangely enough, with more

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That Funny Feeling

There’s something that strikes me whenever I watch a YouTube video of impressionists, amateur or professional; it’s a quiet moment of hope, just before I apply the disembodied pressure to the ubiquitous red triangle which causes entertainment to flow over the Interweb into my “device”.  It’s the hope that whatever happens, the person imitated will

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Bill Cosby and the Failure of Our Heroes

The Bill Cosby “trial”, currently proceeding luridly in the so-called “court of public opinion”, is a very telling indicator of a material culture with severe moral blindspots. It’s ugly on many counts; the very nature of the alleged drugging and rapes, the worrisome fact that the revelation of the crimes are in some cases decades

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Hitting the Road as a Speaker

Hitting the Road as a Speaker

I was contracted by a company that hosts conferences for Government/IT divisions for various state governments around the country last year, to deliver morning keynote addresses throughout 2015. With a lot of help from my friend Jack Mortimer, who first came up with the idea that I would make an interesting speaker to this group,

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IMPRESS ME is now a TV show!

IMPRESS ME is now a TV show!

The little web series that could, The Impression Guys, has continued to chug-chug-chug up the track and has made it over the hump! Now, as IMPRESS ME, the story of Jim & Ross, two impressionists who long to be taken seriously as actors has made it to TV on the new cable channel Pop. Writer/director

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2015 OFF WITH A BANG!

2015 OFF WITH A BANG!

I can’t believe it is March already!  So many things have happened, and the year is getting set up to be one of my busiest yet! From commercials, TV shows, voiceovers, animation, audio book recordings,  videogames, live events, speeches, videos and shows, to the soon-to-be-announced Season Two of The Impression Guys, there has been a

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