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President Trump celebrated his 71st birthday this week, on the same day it was reported that he is being investigated for possible Obstruction of Justice. Tough to enjoy your cake with all that going on. I had several opportunities to do my Donald Trump voice impression on the radio. Here are just a couple of them: The Mitch Albom Show on 760 WJR in Detroit, and The Steve Cochran Show on Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN:
While we don't know the answer to that question for sure, the people at Jungle Jim's Bar & Eatery in Newfoundland, Canada would like to think so. They had me do the voiceover for their TV and Radio campaign. I voiced a guy who sounded similar to our 45th President. "Make Wing Night Great Again" was the heart of the promotion.
I wish we lived closer, because I need an excuse to try the wings, along with the deep-fried pickles...not to mention the 34oz. "Normie" Molson beer they serve there. More like "Make My Belly Great Again"! Sounds delicious. If you're ever up in St. John's or in the Maritimes, look them up. They are tremendous. Believe me.
When you do voice impressions for a living, you kind of know going in that the chances meeting, or even speaking to the people you impersonate are highly unlikely, rare at best. But I have to say I've had some memorable experiences on my journey doing celebrity voice impressions. My time in radio has afforded me some great opportunities to not only meet famous people, but carry on conversations with them, sometimes as them or the people related to or who work with them.
There was the time I spoke with longtime Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon as Johnny Carson:
The time I spoke to Regis Philbin as Regis:
The time I spoke to Casey Kasem as Scooby Doo:
More recently I talked to Hillary Clinton as Donald Trump & her husband, Bill Clinton. They are rare opportunities, but when they happen, they're magical. They are moments on the air that I'll always cherish.
Today I added to the collection of those moments, when I was offered a chance to surprise former Late Show with David Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer, using my voice impressions of Dave, and Paul himself. Check it out:
President Donald Trump is spending a fourth consecutive weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. The "Winter White House" continues to serve as his weekend Presidential Post, to the dismay of West Palm Beach residents. Some reports say that Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. I can't really do much about it, other than create a parody song in honor of Mar-a-Lago. Have you seen it yet? I invite you to watch, have a laugh, and share with your friends:
President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to a Joint-session of Congress last night. It's getting pretty good reviews too. And my Donald Trump voice impression has been making the rounds, calling radio stations to talk about it. Here's how my call to 100.3 The Sound's "Andy & Gina in the Morning" in Los Angeles looked on my end of the phone.
He coined it his "Winter White House", and for the past few weeks, President Donald Trump has made his estate at Mar-a-Lago part of his regular weekend routine. Aside from a couple rallies with supporters, he has been spending his time, work and play, down at Mar-a-Lago. It has attracted new found attention to the West Palm Beach area too. Expensive attention, with all the security that is required of a Presidential visit somewhere. Regardless of how you may feel about it, it got me to thinking: Who else goes down to Mar-a-Lago with President Trump? How does he spend his free time there, when he has it? It's a 24-hour job being President, but once in a while, you get to let your very famous hair down, right Mr. President?
Please enjoy this parody song I co-wrote with Rob Izenberg. I produced the audio, recording the Donald Trump voice impression. The animation video was created by Grey Blackwell.
It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a statement from...the Trump Administration? Well okay, probably not, but Vice President Mike Pence has written a poem for his boss, President Trump, to mark the occasion. Again, not true. "Fake news" in fact.
You want the truth? Okay. Mike Pence voice impression performed by me, Eric Harthen. And that goes for Trump too. Big league voice impressions, believe me. And written by Andy Harris of The Comedy Couple. Do yourself a favor and listen to their show.
The other thing that usually never disappoints is the wide array of commercials we see during the game. I had my favorites, but the one thing I couldn't get out of my head right after he said it was Arnold Schwarzenegger in the ad for the Mobile Strike Game App. "Download it Free, from the App Store." Arnold says "Up Stow-ah" If you'd like to hear more, watch my video, "Voice impression Tips" -- The Ahnold edition. Watch it! Watch it Now!!!
It has been another full week for President Donald Trump. He has signed more executive orders, and he has reached out to more world leaders. Two calls in particular were rumored to not have gone as smoothly as they could have. He spoke with the President of Mexico about the "bad hombres" he's dealing with in his country. And a tense call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, which was ended sooner than expected by Trump. Regardless of what was said between the leaders, the phone calls were anything but typical for a U.S. President. But if we're being honest, Donald Trump is not typical.
I got to thinking...would this have made President Trump want to change the outgoing voice message on his phone? Just a guess, but here's how that may have sounded:
Sean Spicer made quite a splash in his first day addressing reporters in the White House Press Briefing Room on Saturday, scolding them for their coverage of the inaugural crowd sizes during President Trump's swearing-in ceremony on Friday. Spicer's attitude and photo at the podium became a very popular meme on Twitter. On Monday, Spicer had a chance to reset during his first official briefing with the White House Press Corps. The consensus was that it went a lot smoother than the weekend appearance, and even included some substantive question and answer moments between and the press. But you know me, I do voice impressions on the radio. And we can't do humor about a boring press conference that goes well. We need to poke fun at the one that was loud and exaggerated. Case in point, my phone call to "Andy and Gina in the Morning" on 100.3 The Sound in Los Angeles. And for the record, this was my first attempt at a Sean Spicer voice impersonation. Enjoy!
Donald Trump is set to take the Oath of Office as the nation's 45th President on Friday. Now, we all now by now that President-Elect Trump does things a little differently. So it's no surprise that he would be requesting some changes to the actual Presidential Oath. The oath that hasn't changed in over 200 years. Here's a guess as to what Trump may have wanted to say in his version of the oath, using my Donald Trump impression:
Tonight is the season premiere of "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC, with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lots of hype for the Terminator. I wonder what his catch phrase will be when he fires someone? I ventured a few guesses in this comedy bit, where I provided the Arnold Schwarzenegger voice impression:
Let me begin by saying this was not the first time I had done an impression of President George Herbert Walker Bush in a public setting. I actually had an opportunity to do my Bush imitation for his son, George W. when he was running for president in 2000. I was recently asked to participate in a project for the nice people at Audible. It's a podcast series entitled, "Presidents Are People Too", hosted by the former head writer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", Elliott Kalan and acclaimed author and historian, Alexis Coe. What was even more thrilling was being able to follow historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Jon Meacham during the same podcast.
The episode I was invited to work on featured our 41st U.S. President, George Herbert Walker Bush. In that episode, I did my impersonation of Bush 41, reading several letters, both personal and political, that were taken straight from his Presidential Library. I also offered an "alternative memoir" of Bush(probably written by the very funny Elliott Kalan)at the end of the podcast. It was great fun, and I even got name credit from both hosts, and in the write-up. I also made a point not to "over-do" the voice impression. Since this was a more serious piece, I wasn't going for the Dana Carvey style(although he influenced me greatly in my high school years). I invite you to download the podcast here. I actually learned some things about George Bush that I didn't know before after listening.
Seems like everyday there's someone or some other group of people meeting with Donald Trump and his family at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Al Gore, Kanye West, Bill Gates, it just never seems to end. I called up Mitch Albom on his radio show in Detroit to talk about it using my Donald Trump voice impression, and I even included my voice impersonation of Vice President-Elect Mike Pence(if you know of anyone doing a Mike Pence impression, let me know, because I haven't seen one yet). Oh, and my Dr. Ben Carson imitation makes an appearance as well. I really don't know how I was able to keep all of them straight live on the air, but it was fun. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how it went on my end of the phone line:
When Donald Trump called up the President of Taiwan, it ruffled some feathers in China. The U.S. has even decided to do a little damage control with the Chinese. Many are wondering whether it was an intentional move by Trump, or a diplomatic misstep. Either way, it was newsmaking for the President-Elect. The other part of the story people have failed to mention, is that Donald Trump didn't cost the taxpayers any money with how he made the call to Taiwan. In fact, he saved money! Take a look at this parody I voiced using my Donald Trump impression, and you'll see what I mean: