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:
My Voice-over Career Backstory
Recently I was invited to participate in a program on local cable access television that features people in the community who work as media professionals. Well, "media professional" sounds pretty serious and official, so I don't know if that accurately describes me, but I said "Sure! Why not." When I walked into the studio, I started looking for Zach Galifianakis, since the set was very reminiscent of "Between Two Ferns". In addition to it airing on local cable, the nice folks at Orion TV posted the interview on their YouTube channel, Twitter, and now you, no matter where you are, can subject yourself to 40 minutes of me talking about my life as a voice impressionist and voice-over talent slash voice actor, and how I got started in this very crazy business. Looking back, which this experience allowed me to do, I can honestly say--without any reservation--I wouldn't change a thing.