In this episode, Rich Little joins the show.
RICH LITTLE is THE master mimic of more than 200 voices. With an impressive touring schedule throughout the United States and Canada, he has a voice for every administartion, including U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes and Barack Obama. In fact, infamous for his skewering of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, intrigued and gotten the best of politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan's presidential inaugurations, and President Reagan was reported to have said, “You do me better than I do.”
A professed classic movie buff, he's particularly fond of doing Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, but Little has also latched on to baby boomer-friendly characters, such as Paul Lynde, Kermit the Frog, Andy Rooney and Dr. Phil, to name a few. Some of his favorite current impressions are of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. “They're easy to do,” he says. “They are larger than life.”
Also featured in the book, is his own artwork. He started sketching when he was young, drawing his family and friends. To date, he has drawn more than 100 portraits of all the celebrities and politicians he imitates, and displays several of these life-like charcoal sketches in his shows.
In this gem of a new book are insights into the likes of many of these great people he has had the privilege and fortune to meet and imitate, to shine a new light on our beloved stars. "This is really not a biography," said Little, "but more of a humorous glimpse of the people I've impersonated and some of the funny stories that happened along the way."