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BUSTING OUT

BUSTING OUT

I was on a plane most of today, traveling to New York, so I’m taking a day off from reportage on America’s Got Talent to share an essay about voice acting. I have been interested in voice acting, narration, voiceover and of course, impressions, since I was a little guy.  I was exposed to wonderful

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Getting Out the Vote

Getting Out the Vote

Okay, here’s the whole deal on the America’s Got Talent voting: My act will be presented live on NBC on Tuesday, August 6th; the show starts at 9 pm/8 Central time. I’ll be attempting to do something with impressions that I have never done before.  (I don’t think anyone ever has… and lived to tell

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My Other Biggest Fan

My Other Biggest Fan

My mom, actress Marion Ross, has been a fan of mine for a long time.  Since I used to dance around our house in the Valley in my pajamas to Gaîté Parisienne. The photo above is from breakfast this morning; Tamra made some waffes and mom popped by to visit and to wish me luck

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LATE BLOOMER

LATE BLOOMER

If there is anything you could criticize about me and my career, it’s that I’ve taken SO LONG to get known… That’s the main reason that I entered the America’s Got Talent competition, so that I could finally  get properly introduced to the population and move up and out of the category of “I’ve seen

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RADIO CITY? SOUNDS FAMILIAR, BUT I CAN’T PLACE IT

RADIO CITY?  SOUNDS FAMILIAR, BUT I CAN'T PLACE IT

Going back to New York City for me is always a pleasure. It wasn’t always that way.  When I first moved there in 1983, I was still “brainwashed” about New York being one enormous crime scene in the making. 
That was probably typical of kids like me who grew up in the San Fernando Valley

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Preparing for the Flames?

Preparing for the Flames?

  Okay, the countdown to my leaving for New York City has truly started; I will be on a plane this coming Tuesday.  My 90 seconds of fame, give or take a few, will then be a week later on Tuesday, August 6th, then the “judgement episode” follows on Wednesday. I watched the first group

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FACING IT

FACING IT

I remember an embarrassing “audition” from days long past… I was here in this house in Tarzana, where I still live.  I must have been about 6, maybe 5.  Pretty young. I had the idea to present a little concert with my sister for the neighborhood kids and my mom.  We would sing “I’m Henry

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The Woman Behind The Impressionist

The Woman Behind The Impressionist

In less enlightened, (or just more sexist) times, it was said that “behind every great man there is a great woman.”
I’m FAR from being anything like a great man, but behind ME every step of the way is a GREAT woman, my wife, Tamra Meskimen. (That’s TAMRA, no center “A”.  Pronounced to rhyme with “Camera.”)

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My Singular Unimportance

My Singular Unimportance

I think I had better keep a daily blog for at least the next few weeks, as I go on through this America’s Got Talent evolution. I’m in a holding pattern at the moment, waiting to go to New York City.  I’m putting together ideas for what to do to somehow try and fill up

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Ready or Not, America’s Got Meskimen

Ready or Not, America's Got Meskimen

Okay, so NOW it is officially permitted that I say that I will indeed be traveling to New York city soon to participate in the “Quarterfinals” of America’s Got Talent, Season 8! This has been a long and mostly secret process, until very recently when shows began to air on NBC that had at least

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