Impressionist Jim Meskimen America's Got Talent 2013
As a professional actor for nearly thirty years Jim Meskimen has appeared in the films Apollo 13, The Grinch, Frost/Nixon, The Punisher, Not Forgotten, There Will Be Blood and many others. Some of Meskimen’s TV credits include recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, Castle, Lie to Me and Rules of Engagement.
His impressions of political figures in the 2004 election were showcased in animated cartoons by JibJab that were among the most popular items on the web. His viral Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices has nearly a million views and subsequent viral videos have cemented him as a major YouTube talent.
In 2011, the Australian Today Show dubbed Meskimen, “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.”
As a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2013, he performed improvised celebrity impressions at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to a standing ovation.
Jim Meskimen continues to supply new and unusual impressions for film and television, including George Clooney’s Monuments Men, where he provided the voice of President Harry Truman.
He is currently starring in The Impression Guys, an original half-hour series on YouTube’s SoulPancake Channel, produced by Rainn Wilson and directed by Ben Shelton. The series has been called, “The Best Web Series of 2014.”
Meskimen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and founder of The Acting Center school, Tamra Meskimen. His daughter, Taylor, is also a performer, and his mother is actress Marion Ross, who was Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for her work on Happy Days (as Richie’s mom) and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Topics of Presentation
Creating Your Life? Or is it Creating You? Do you feel that life runs you, instead of the other way around? Sometimes people forget that Life is very willing and able to mold, alter and even shrink you, but only when you decide to turn the tables on Life by being creative does the game start to be full of fun, adventure… and sometimes miracles.
I’ve been a professional painter, songwriter, author, illustrator, voice actor, director, sculptor, singer and actor. Creating my career every week is something I know like the back of my hand, and I know what the arts and creativity can do to improve your outlook, give you a fresh start, and wash away defeat and losses. I’ve lived it for my whole life, and I can promise you a fresh look at your own.
Oh, and you will laugh a lot, too.
In my talk, I show you how to:
- Change your viewpoint at will
- Use humor, even if you can’t tell a joke
- Capture attention easily
- Reinvent yourself anytime you want
- Defeat that “defeated” feeling
The Today Show, Australia
“World’s greatest celebrity impressionist.”
“In under four minutes, Meskimen’s final tally is 25 different voices. He seems to effortlessly cover a ton of ground, from Ricky Gervais to George W. Bush to Morgan Freeman. We’re sure it took enormous studying and practice, but homeboy doesn’t break a sweat at all in this performance.”
“Fifty-eight lines of dramatic Shakespearean text, delivered in 24 famous celebrity voices, expertly imitated in four minutes of YouTube footage by one side-splitting, hyper-observant celebrity impersonator. You could take the time to crunch the numbers, but we’d recommend that you just hit “Play” and be amazed instead.”
New York Times Magazine
“Meskimen is a very talented impressionist, but what’s most, er, impressive here is that he not only imitates obligatory celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush, Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart but also people like George Clooney, Paul Giamatti and Ricky Gervais, celebrities you wouldn’t think were ripe for impressions until you hear his takes on them.”
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