Parks & Recreation's Master Impressionist Opens New Show in Hollywood: JIMPRESSIONS Astounds with Celebrity Voices Galore... and Much, Much, More

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Veteran actor Jim Meskimen (The Tonight Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, Whose Line is it, Anyway?) presents a retro-70's love affair with the art of celebrity impressionism.

Most acts warn the public to “Accept No Imitations”, but master impressionist Jim Meskimen, of Parks & Recreation and Whose Line? fame implores his audiences to do the opposite–“Accept Imitations”, his own celebrity imitations, that is.

You may not recognize Jim Meskimen by name, but you’ve heard his voice and delighted in his performances for years, including supporting roles in five Ron Howard films, from Apollo 13 to Frost/Nixon.

A respected voice actor and impressionist whose celebrity voices have been heard on Parks & Recreation, The Tonight Show, LATE NITE with David Letterman, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, as well as viral Internet sensations from, there is little territory that Meskimen has not covered in his 25 plus years in show business.

In New York where he started his acting career, he first gained fame as a cartoonist, designing cartoon characters for the classic animated TV show, THUNDERCATS, performing improv at night with the award-winning New York ensemble, INTERPLAY, who boasted comedian Jerry Seinfeld as an early member.

Moving back home to Los Angeles in 1993, he was seen as Will Smith’s college professor in a famous episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air on NBC; his imitations of Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, Robin Williams and others have delighted audiences in reruns ever since.

In 2004, however, his impressions of presidential hopeful John Kerry, G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwartzeneggar had an even broader impact and contributed in a major way to the success of’s Flash animated hit, THIS LAND, which topped 80 million hits during the election cycle and put the fledgling media company on the map.

Not satisfied with in-studio recording for these and other significant animated projects, including episodes of the Boondocks, Justice League, Shaggy & Scooby Doo Get a Clue, Avatar the Last Airbender and even the new reboot of Thundercats, Meskimen now takes his prodigious improv and impressionist skills to a new level live at The Acting Center stage in Hollywood in his all new one-man show, JIMPRESSIONS.

Consisting of two acts of comedy, songs and stories from his career so far, JIMPRESSIONS is chock full of celebrity voices, over 65 impressions in the first act alone, which is presented in a tongue-in-cheek retro 70's vibe.

The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor says about JIMPRESSIONS, “Famous stars past and present crowd the stage, magically conjured by the silly, singular Meskimen,  a vocal magician who pulls characters out of his head -- and even more amazing, like Penn & Teller, Jim shows us how he does it. Is there no end to his wizardry? No! Act Two introduces his charming British "altered ego", Professor Knestor Jackdaws, for a terrific and different topper of inspired artistic improvisation. Go see Meskimen's Show, and who knows? You may even see yourself..."

JIMPRESSIONS at The Acting Center, May 6 & 7 at 8 p.m., and one weekend every month thru the rest of the year.

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Contact Roland Portugal, (818) 929-5989


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