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Happy Birthday to actor James Best, better known as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. 88 years young today!
Here is the one time I managed to do my rarely sought-after impression of him for actor John Schneider(Bo Duke), when I was on the air with Mojo in the Morning, Channel 955 radio in Detroit.
Casey Kasem was one of the kindest and most generous people I've ever encountered. He never let his celebrity separate him from giving back and helping someone else achieve their goals. When I sent him a note in the mail with my voice demo asking for a critique, he called me within a week, left a message on my machine, and when I called him back, we spent 20 minutes on the phone together as I took notes from him. When we finished, he told me to call him whenever I was out in L.A. When I did finally make it out there, he invited me over to his house to visit and follow up on the changes I had made to the voice demo! He truly lived out his catch phrase, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars". He was simply one of a kind. Rest in peace Casey.
p.s. If you ever want to hear the longer, unabridged story sometime, I can tell you that in person. : )
You may have heard that Former President Bill Clinton was in Detroit last month on a fundraising trip, and during that time he visited the Shinola Watch Company. They presented him with a watch, and that's where Mojo in the Morning came up with a funny premise. They asked me to play the role of Clinton, and the rest is now phonescam history!
Many thanks to Spike and Mojo for letting me play along.
Click below and listen for yourself!
And if you're listening from your smart phone, click play below:
Well, not really. Actually it was me calling into the Mojo in the Morning show on Channel 955 in Detroit, performing my David Letterman impression. But when you're in character, sometimes, you forget who you are!
*Programming note* The fact that Mojo's cohost Shannon is expecting her baby any minute compelled me to joke about that as the number one reason I'm retiring. Hee-heeee!
Jay Leno's departure from the Late Night landscape in February left us looking at Dave wondering, "How long is he gonna do his show?" Well now we know. Letterman will say goodbye sometime in 2015.
I am seriously going to miss him. Not only as a viewer, but as a celebrity voice impressionist (please see my impressions demo). I guess the selfish reason is, I don't really want to add Dave to my list of retired guys I imitate...although Regis could use a buddy. So for all you morning radio shows, animation web video producers, and anyone else who needs a Letterman impression over the next year, don't hesitate to call...and if you call right now, I'll throw in a Paul Shaffer voice impression for free!