Last weekend, November 4 & 5, was the last of my scheduled shows at The Acting Center, and it was really terrific; great audiences, great response and a lot of laughs!
I began the run of this show in March of this year, and performed about one weekend a month; we knew December was going to be crazy with other demands, so we decided not to have shows after the November dates.
JIMPRESSIONS was an experiment. When I wrote it and put it on its feet with director Tait Ruppert, we really weren’t sure if audiences would find it worth their while. It’s a work in progress, and one which we will continue to develop, but so far the results are more positive than we ever expected.
There were ancillary wins, too. On a whim, I decided to post a video of me doing my Shakespeare Impressions, and it went viral, thanks to the Tweets of Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry, the Facebook sharings of many of my friends and mysterious others; the tally now is over 700,000 views and a lot of very nice comments.
My other follow up videos have been warmly received too.
As a result, I’ve been in high demand, which is really gratifying, and which I am hustling to honor every day.
My intention was to create a funny, inspiring, very entertaining family-friendly show, based around celebrity impressions and storytelling. Here’s what a few of you had to say:
“I was able to see your show Saturday, you are amazing! Besides being captivated by your craft, I can’t remember when I laughed so much and so freely. I had a delightful and truly heartfelt experience, thank you for a terrific evening. I can’t wait until next year!” –Susan Kohler
“I was AMAZED! The way he artfully wove comedy and a heartfelt, personal story around each of his characters was not only hilarious, but also nothing short of masterful! I never expected to be so moved by a comedy show, but I really was, and I thank Jim for these gifts he gave us!” – Jierra Clark
“Jim captures the essence of the celebrities he impersonates — from the tightening of the face for former President Bush, to Garrison Keillor’s odd octave changes and looong inhales, to Woody Allen’s patented phrasing and asides — and he slides from one to the other maddeningly effortlessly. –John Rabe, KPCC
“Not only did I feel like I was in the hands of a major pro, but my face hurt from all the laughing and smiling! The world needs to see this! It is clever and touching and inspirational and just downright GENIUS!” – Keli Landry
“Jim Meskimen is a giant among impressionists. But beyond that he is an amazing actor. These two skills come together in a truly wonderful performance. I’d recommend seeing it now before he only does sold out amphitheaters.” – Eric Matheny
So, what’s next for JIMPRESSIONS?
Well, a trip to Australia to perform at a business conference, an appearance on the Australian TODAY SHOW, and a few live shows in Sydney and Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
That’s the immediate future. Next year? I look forward to returning to The Acting Center, which treated me so well and is such a great home for this show. And I hope YOU will be in the audience sometime in 2012!
And you can keep your eye out for more YouTube videos, too. (In fact, I hope you will subscribe! It’s free. Like this Blog.)
And when the Letterman show schedules their “Impressionist’s Week”, I hope to be there.
Big thanks and kisses to everybody who came and saw the show and shared the dream with me, my director Tait Ruppert, producer (and incredible soul-mate) Tamra Meskimen this year, and I promise to keep improving the show so that it is even more entertaining for you.