On this episode of IMDb’s Special Skills, Jay Pharoah is joined by Rhys Darby to spend a few minutes talking about impressions, as Rhys shares some of his tricks for making sound effects with his voice, who simply can’t resist trying to do an impression of his New Zealander guest. Michael Winslow has nothing to worry about… yet.
THE BEST Impressions
Jim Meskimen is one of the most talented impressionists out there. But while he can work wonders with his voice, he still can’t look like the celebs he impersonates. But with the help of AI tech, Sham00K was able to do just that, creepily transforming Jim’s face to match his vocals.
Actor and comedian Ross Marquand performed a number of his best celebrity impressions during an appearance on the Chicago tv program Windy City Live. But rather than have them act out what they’re best known for, he put them all in far more mundane situations.
Impressionist Jim Meskimen turns in a wonderful reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s Christmas classic in the voices of 27 different celebrities. The usuals, like Morgan Freeman and Ian McKellan are there, but it’s his Paul Giamatti that made us spit out our coffee.
Brock “The Man of a Kajillion Voices” Baker uses just 29 of his available impressions to follow in the footsteps Toto, Weezer, and everyone else on the Internet with his cartoon character version of the 1982 hit track Africa. Mostly he just made us miss Zoidberg and Brak.
We’ve heard him perform as characters from Game of Thrones and Family Guy before, now sit back and enjoy comedian and impressionist Scheiffer Bates‘ spot on vocalizations of Thor, Professor X, Magneto, Rocket Raccoon, and more. His Tony Stark, on the other hand… nope.
(PG-13: Language) Impressionist Scheiffer Bates reading of the classic poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, done in the style of everyone from Peter Griffin to Rick Grimes to Gilbert Gottfried. Most of the impressions are pretty solid, though his Obama sounded like Meatwad to us.
(PG-13: Language, Spoilers) Voice actor Scheiffer Bates turns in a great series of impressions, based on some of the most iconic characters from Game of Thrones. You know it’s good when you can close your eyes and envision each of the characters speaking the lines.
Impressionist Mikey Bolts takes on the 1999 Blackalicious classic Alphabet Aerobics, matching each letter of the alphabet to a cartoon character, and raps each part in their voice. We swear, the more we look at Mikey, the more we think he’s actually Peter Brady.
On The Howard Stern Show, Dana Carvey did a bit from his new Netflix special, Straight White Male, 60, in which he envisions a conversation between Paul McCartney and John Lennon where Paul tries to explain Kanye West. His micro-impressions are amusing too.
During her appearance on The Tonight Show, Céline Dion and Jimmy Fallon challenged each other to sing a variety of unexpected songs in the style of various musicians. Céline’s Cher impression was spot on, but her Sia at the end made us spit out our coffee.
Actor Ricky Gervais thinks that the guys on YouTube who rattle off a bunch of impressions are just a bunch of showoffs, and he told Jimmy Fallon that he can do it better. Though Ricky has a much looser definition of what an impression is than real impressionists do.
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