It is still fun to watch a talented impressionist, such as Frank Caliendo
, or Kevin Pollak. Yet the age of the individual mimic as a featured television act
seems to have passed. Those who have a penchant for voices and
imitation are still an asset to shows such as Saturday Night Live and
can still be stars in clubs. It is
doubtful, however, that there will be a return to the days when an
impressionist was the featured guest on a TV program, or that there will ever be an
entire show devoted to impressionists such as was the case with The
In 1963, Impersonator Vaughn Meader
became famous for his imitation of President John F. Kennedy. He was
the principal cast member of the best-selling album, The First Family. David Frye had a career based upon imitating political figues mostly. He performed on popular albums, including Richard Nixon Superstar in 1971.
Letterman has had a special segment on his show
called Impressionist Week. Isolating and highlighting impressionists
that way, showed an appreciation and was great fun to watch, yet also
served to separate them
from other comedians. Here is a list of some of the older and
also more current impressionists for you to watch. We have included
some people you might not have realized also were impressionists.
More Kevin Pollak
And did you know they also did impressions?
Sammy Davis Jr