Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2011
You may not recognize Jim Meskimen by name, but you are probably one of the over 80 million who heard his versions of the singing George W. Bush and John Kerry in Jibjab.com's viral hit, "This Land." ("You're a liberal weiner", "YOU'RE a right wing nut job...")
Yes, that guy.
Meskimen's show business bloodline begins with mother actress Marion Ross, whose beloved Emmy-nominated "Mrs. C" of Happy Days made her an icon of motherhood, and he has been heard in animated cartoons and shows ranging from a dozen Jibjab political shorts, to impressions for The Tonight Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, and the Jimmy Kimmel show, to the subversively hilarious adult cartoon, The Boondocks.
As an actor in live action projects, Jim has appeared in Friends, Rules of Engagement, Parks & Recreation and Castle, as well as motion pictures There Will Be Blood, and five Ron Howard films, including Academy award nominated films Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon.
He was Will Smith’s college professor in a famous episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where his imitations of Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, Robin Williams and others have delighted audiences in reruns ever since.
Meskimen now takes his prodigious improv and mimicry to a new level at The Acting Center Theater in Hollywood in his one-man show, JIMPRESSIONS, running one weekend a month through the end of 2011.
Consisting of two full acts of comedy, impressions, songs and stories from his career thus far, JIMPRESSIONS is chock full of celebrity voices, over 65 in the first act alone, which is presented in a tongue-in-cheek retro 70's vibe, complete with white shoes and bell bottom suit pants, as he pays homage to mimics Rich Little, Frank Gorshin and other greats.
The response to JIMPRESSIONS has been nothing short of sensational.
The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor calls 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."
Producer/director Eric Sherman says, "JIMPRESSIONS is absolutely and thoroughly delightful and heart-warming."
Impressionist for the Craig Ferguson and Howard Stern shows, Josh Robert Thompson describes JIMPRESSIONS as, "Staggering genius. That's all there is to it."
Jim Meskimen says about his show, "It's designed to do three things, demonstrate my infinity of voices, inspire people to create and enjoy life, and to be 90 minutes of face-hurt-from-laughing hilarity. So far, that's exactly what people are telling me they come away with."
The "face-hurt" goes away the next day. The rest of the show will stay with you.
See JIMPRESSIONS at The Acting Center, June 3 & 4 at 8 p.m., and one weekend every month through the rest of 2011. Directed by Tait Ruppert.
For tickets and information, visit http://theactingcenterla.com/on-the-stage-2/ or call (323)962-2100
Contact Roland Portugal, (818) 929-5989