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Long Gone Stranger

Tamra and I drove up the coast to Santa Cruz one sunny morning last month and I finally got a chance to lay eyes on the university that I graduated from 30 years ago and hadn’t seen since then. I graduated with a BA in art from Oakes College, UCSC in 1982.  I was a

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REDEMPTION & PURPOSE

REDEMPTION & PURPOSE

One of the stickiest things I had to resolve for myself early on in my artistic career was a clear vision of what my purpose was. Of course, these days it might seem stodgy or old-fashioned to have to have any sort of purpose for one’s actions… especially in the arts, where “Hey- just do

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About Acting

About Acting

I have such a weird career. It sometimes doesn’t even feel like a “career”… more like a series of drills. Drill #42: Practice being industrious.  Drill #77: Be something you’re not, and fool ‘em.  Drill #139: Resist becoming humbled. Drill #985: Work your way out of it… that’s a good one. I’m an actor, and

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Presenting at EG

Tamra and I are heading up to Monterey to go to the EG Conference, (which is not, as I had supposed, a gathering of people who are fans of the actor E.G. Marshall) where I will be presenting about 20 minutes of my Jimpressions material for an eclectic audience of interesting and interested people. I’m

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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

I had to check my iCal calendar, but I was right- this last weekend marked the one year anniversary of live performances of JIMPRESSIONS, my one-man journey through my obsession with celebrity voices. (Actually, it’s more a strong professional interest, but “Obsession” is much more compelling, don’t you agree? Who would watch a movie called

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WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT IMPRESSIONS, ANYWAY?

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT IMPRESSIONS, ANYWAY?

I always think that folks get interested in someone performing celebrity impressions because the whole issue of personal identity is such a hot “button” for people. “Who the Hell AM I?” is a question most of us has asked ourselves many times.  Sometimes we think we have the answer, only to wind up asking it

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Celebrity Shakespeare Challenge!

Celebrity Shakespeare Challenge!

In an attempt to engage you, my audience of friends, sympathizers and co-conspirators, I recently made a video of me reciting a famous Shakespeare speech in the style of nine of the angriest actors I could think of (and imitate) and offer the following challenge: Visit my YouTube channel, watch the video, and enter your

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200 Voices Silenced: The passing of Steve Bridges, 1963 – 2012

Last week, the sad news that impressionist and friend Steve Bridges passed away at the age of 48. He had recently flown home from China, and was complaining of extreme jet lag, but it is as yet unknown why he collapsed. I met Steve about ten years ago on a pilot for a show featuring

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200 Voices Silenced: The passing of Steve Bridges, 1963 – 2012

Last week, the sad news that impressionist and friend Steve Bridges passed away at the age of 48. He had recently flown home from China, and was complaining of extreme jet lag, but it is as yet unknown why he collapsed. I met Steve about ten years ago on a pilot for a show featuring

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