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Actor Jim Meskimen isn’t a medium, or a professional wrangler of Hollywood stars, but by skillful use of his extraordinary impressions, he nevertheless brings a rich assortment of famous personalities with him wherever he goes... and on May 19th, he’ll be bringing them all to the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, CA for one night only.

"Accepting imitations" is looked on as a negative... unless you've heard Jim Meskimen.

JIMPRESSIONS, a two-act homage to the art of vocal mimicry, is his ninety minute, two-act tour de force in which he relates his observations of and experiences with over 65 different celebrities, from George Clooney, to Kevin Spacey, from William Shatner to Morgan Freeman... and even Flipper.

He has performed the show in Hollywood, Tampa Bay, Toronto, London, Chicago and Sydney Australia , where audiences embraced the JIMPRESSIONS show and demonstrated a strong appetite for a new, fresh look at the art of celebrity mimicry. He was also chosen to be a presenter at the prestigious E.G. 6 Conference last month in Monterey, CA.

With “Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices”, which went viral on YouTube in July of 2011, followed by “Celebrity Alphabet” the holiday themed, “Twas the Night Before Christmas in Celebrity Voices”, “Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices Part Two”, viewers worldwide began to “Accept Imitations.” As long as they were from Meskimen, anyway.

He even offered up his own helpful tips on how to do a Robert Deniro impression in a recent YouTube vlog.

Meskimen ups the ante in the live show, offering a live version of “Shakespeare Impressions”, with volunteers from the audience challenging him with random celebs to speak the Bard’s verse.

“...Expert celebrity impersonator Jim Meskimen gives the freshest, funniest take on Clarence’s death dream (from Richard III) we’ve seen… well, ever.” said Entertainment Weekly.
The New York Times.com said, “Meskimen is a very talented impressionist, but what’s most impressive here is that he not only imitates obligatory celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush, Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart but also people like George Clooney, Paul Giamatti and Ricky Gervais, celebrities you wouldn’t think were ripe for impressions until you hear his takes on them.”

A veteran of numerous films, TV shows and commercials, including five films for Academy Award-winning directer, Ron Howard, Meskimen has several odd claims to fame.

His mother Marion Ross, a longtime San Diego resident, and graduate of San Diego State, was twice Emmy-nominated for her role as archetypal mom, Marion Cunningham in the long-running TV series, Happy Days.

Jim, at age 17, was a character on the beach in the famous “Jump the shark” episode of Happy Days, who announced the fact that a shark was offshore, which Fonzie famously jumped over with water skis.

In 1985, Meskimen was the senior character designer for the Rankin/Bass animated series, Thundercats. He provided character voices for the new, rebooted Thundercats series for Warner Bros.

In the 1990’s Meskimen’s impressionist and improv abilities won him fame on Britain’s Whose Line is it, Anyway?

Meskimen became a household voice during the 2004 Presidential election, when he provided singing impressions of President G.W. Bush, John Kerry and others in the mega-viral Jibjab hit, “This Land,” which topped 80 million views.

He even plays a recurring role as an amateur (i.e. poor) impressionist/host on NBC’s hit Parks & Recreation.

Now, Meskimen brings his full range of vocal talents directly to fans of spot-on celebrity impressions in his touring one-man show, JIMPRESSIONS, for one night only at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, CA. on May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

JIMPRESSIONS, written and performed by Jim Meskimen, directed by Tait Ruppert and produced by The Acting Center, at La Paloma Theatre, 471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.

For tickets and information, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/244047 or call 760-436-SHOW (7469)

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