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

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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Tips on Doing a Robert Deniro Impression

Tips on Doing a Robert Deniro Impression

The quintissential “Bobby D” impression is a much sought after and useful tool for any man wanting to influence and/or intimidate his friends. It also is the kind of impression that can be thrown in randomly to provoke laughter, because it is almost universally out of place in the lives of people who don’t happen

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Celebrity Impressions Chapter Six

PITCH One technical thing to listen for when working out an impression is the pitch of the voice.  This refers to the physical rate of vibration of the sound, whether of a high frequency or low.  Do you need to understand wave forms and other scientific basics to have an opinion about this?  No. Basically

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Celebrity Impressions Chapter Five

SPEED OF DELIVERY When you are developing a celebrity impression, or any character, one little thing to look at is speed of communication. Not everyone speaks at the same rate, or processes information at the same speed. Some personalities are as fast as a greyhound, others, as slow as a slug. Some, like Harold Camping,

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JIMPRESSIONS ENDS SUCCESSFUL 2011 RUN!

JIMPRESSIONS ENDS SUCCESSFUL 2011 RUN!

Last weekend, November 4 & 5, was the last of my scheduled shows at The Acting Center, and it was really terrific; great audiences, great response and a lot of laughs! I began the run of this show in March of this year, and performed about one weekend a month; we knew December was going

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IMPRESSIONISTS, UNITE!

As I am fully immersing myself in the impressionist world, I am discovering that it is a very rich world indeed, with a lot to it. I created the JIMPRESSIONS show in March of this year and started performing it at The Acting Center, which my wife, Tamra co-founded five years ago.  Since then I

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS: A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Impressions, Chapter Four: VIEWPOINT

If a useful definition of acting is “Knowingly taking on another viewpoint”, then the subject of doing impressions is just another facet of acting, because more than anything else, your performance will live or die on this one point. No one views the world from exactly the same position in space as anyone else, at

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