Friday, November 10, 2006

Impressionists Make An Impression On David Letterman

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Impressionists are making an impression on The Late Show With David Letterman – and that speaks well of the art form’s future.

The CBS talk show has declared next week to be “Impressionist Week” and will feature a different impressionist each night, including Rich Little, Fred Travalena and Kevin Pollak.

Travalena is especially excited and feels the week-long tribute to impressionism on Letterman will help raise awareness of the craft.

As he puts it, “There are maybe ten performers who are what I call ‘master impressionists’ – able to do 200, 300 voices.”

Most of the masters know how to do the voices of Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and all presidents, Travalena says when impressionists get together and compare notes, it’s the obscure impressions that get noticed.

In his words, “We try to see who can do the most obscure voice. For instance, I do Will Geer, the grandfather from The Waltons.”

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