Category Archives: Impressionist Comedians

Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle’s Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes.

Jeff Tracta

Jeff Tracta takes impressionism to an entirely new level. Cutting-edge technology allows Jeff to transform himself into a galaxy of stars right in front of you. His multimedia experience is wowing audiences around the world. The Los Angeles Times calls him, “Hilarious! A comic genius, Tracta is superb.”

From the most current music artists — Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, and Lady Gaga — to legendary icons such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and Elton John — and comedy tributes including Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Chris Rock, Jeff Foxworthy, and the entire cast of Family Guy — Jeff Tracta’s show has something for everyone.

Tracta first earned international fame starring for eight years as “Thorne Forrester” on the hit daytime drama The Bold & the Beautiful on CBS. His musical talents manifested in that same role, with all of Jeff’s albums going triple platinum worldwide. He has performed in over 31 countries to sold-out concerts in stadiums and arenas from Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, and Germany to India, South Africa, and Japan.

Jeff made his Broadway debut starring as Danny Zuko in Tommy Tune’s revival of Grease at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. His award-winning comedy performance in Agency received rave reviews and won the Los Angeles Critics Choice Award. Tracta is a frequent guest on news and national talk shows and has been profiled on CNN, The Tonight Show, and Good Morning America.

Amazing Impressionist!
– Robin Leach

Laugh Out Loud!
Entertainment Tonight

Larry G. Jones

Larry G. Jones, “The Man of 1002 Voices” is a singer, impersonator and comedian. He delivers a fast-moving impressionist comedy show with as many as 72 voices in 60 minutes. See him do impressions from the 50s-60s-70s and beyond, ranging from Sinatra to Cher, and parodies of celebrities from Julia Childs to seven presidents.

Jim Morris

Comedian, Political Satirist and Impressionist Jim Morris sets his sights on the most prominent personalities in politics and popular culture, the major newsmakers, newscasters, and entertainers on the cutting edge and renders them in spot-on comic performances.

The 2008 hopefuls John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joins the extraordinary cast headed by President George W. Bush with Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Al Gore plus Rush Limbaugh, Tom Brokaw, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and if the political spirits are just right, an appearance by Ronald Reagan’s Ghost.

Audiences rave over Jim’s ability to fully submerge himself within each character and comically envelop their particular political beliefs, moral ideologies, and personality quirks.

The Boston Herald described Jim as “a one-man Disney attraction with his own Hall of the Presidents.”

Christina Bianco

Christina Bianco is currently starring in the new one-woman comedy Application Pending Off-Broadway. The show is about the competitive world of kindergarten admissions. It follows Christine, the new head of admissions at a prestigious school, in her first day on the job. She answers the constantly ringing phone, talking to dozens of prospective parents and her co-workers, all while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. (She plays all 40 roles)

Christina recently starred Off-Broadway in Newsical The Musical and received a Drama Desk award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical for her work in Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab. She can be heard on both original cast recordings. Christina originated the role of Dora in the long-running national tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall. NY credits include: Raffi On Broadway (Gershwin Theatre), Forbidden Broadway Dances With The Stars and Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Tina).

A MAC award nominated cabaret artist, Christina performed weekly in an unprecedented eight month run of 11 O’Clock Numbers at Feinstein’s Loews Regency. She recently performed her acclaimed solo show, Diva Moments, in NYC at Birdland, regionally in Chicago and Baltimore and also on various luxury cruise lines.

She frequently performs in concert as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Christina has also sung with R&B star Deborah Cox, Christian music star Sandi Patty, guest starred on The Jerry Lewis Telethon and performed on NBC’s The Today Show.

Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more that 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He is a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence.  For 13 years he toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television shows – from Columbo to Murder She Wrote – and appeared in motion pictures including Man on the Moon and Spaceballs. He has recorded comedy albums, starred in his own TV comedy special, Dreesen Street, and hosted a late night talk show in Chicago, Night Time Starring Tom Dreesen.

He is currently appearing to rave reviews around the country in his one-man show “An Evening Of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra.”

Dreesen’s comic style is down-to-earth, warm and unpretentious. Daily Variety called him “a thorough pro… one of the most respected family comedians of our time.” Larry Wilde ,author of The Great Comedians said about Tom’s performances. “Excellent Material, Impeccable Timing, Tom Dreesen is the Quintessential Comedian.” Frank Sinatra, who called himself a “saloon singer,” characterized Dreesen as a “saloon comedian.” “We’re a couple of neighborhood kind of guys,” said Sinatra.

Dreesen has also made an indelible mark with his philanthropic activities. For 30 years he has lent his talent to over 100 charities, and founded a “Day for Darlene” to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research.  He ran 26 miles on three occasions for the event, which is named for his late sister who was afflicted with MS.

And he’s still going strong.  A proud veteran of the United States Navy, he continues to perform for US troops all over the world, and recently appeared at numerous bases in Iraq. Tom Dreesen’s hometown of Harvey, Illinois named a street after him.  He was a 2005 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Frank Caliendo

“Life’s a Sketch… And then you die.”

Born at the age of three in northern Illinois, Frank Caliendo was already ahead of his time. Even on the day of his birth, Frank’s two younger brothers knew something was funny.

Before he could even speak, Frank’s mother noticed him doing an incredible impersonation of a young Dudley Moore. Of course Frank’s father reasoned that all babies sound like they are drunk and heave all over themselves, but that is not the point. This kid had something special. He seemed likely to perhaps have a chance to maybe someday possibly become questionably close to one of the funniest persons alive.

Naturally it was never fully discovered how gifted Frank was, until one day when an unidentified philosopher named John Hartz would declare Frank as “talent”; …not “a talent”, “with talent”, or even “a talented individual”, but simply as “talent”. Never before had any man ever been labeled with such vague ambiguity. This incited Frank, and almost immediately he would establish thoughts about becoming a stand up comedian.

Of course Frank didn’t always want to be a stand up comedian. At a youthful age, Frank boarded a train to head for baseball’s spring training as a fireball left-hander with blazing speed. After a short stop in Iolla, where he struck out one of baseball’s greatest players with three straight pitches, Frank re-boarded the train to meet a woman who with the pull of a trigger would knock him out of baseball for the next sixteen years.

Frank would later return to baseball as a middle-aged rookie. He used a bat made from a tree struck by lightning (named “wonder boy”) to help his New York Nights regain the pennant and thereby nullify the Judge’s attempt to buy out all of Pop Fischers stock and take over the team.

In the final game of his career, with blood curdling from his loins, and the likelihood of his stomach exploding, Frank would face the image of his former self in a battle of the best …but that is another story.

Back during the days when Michael was still called “Air”, Frank became particularly aware of his abilities to impersonate. First was a garbage can, and then a pole, and even a small garden weasel. However, after transitioning through sixteen straight hours of anthropomorphic activity, Frank stumbled upon his best and foremost impression. His ability to re-create the daily activity of paramecium was simply uncanny; especially when he would split in two.

Of course, biologically, one can only evolve to a certain point before the world must be allowed to view such activity. Thus, we give you the current organism in his existing status; bold, strong, funny, and hermetically sealed for your enjoyment… The man formerly known as “obesive-one-kenobe”…Mr. Frank Caliendo. May the farce be with you.

Elon Gold

Elon Gold as “a comedy star on the rise.” Five years later, Comedy Central selected him and three others (including Dave Chappelle) to be profiled in their Pipeline series of future comedy stars. Today, his star continues to rise as Gold has established himself as one of the top comedians in the country.

Growing up in the Bronx, a big fan of comedy, Gold has emerged into a naturally gifted stand-up comic, sketch performer, actor, and writer. Having discovered at a very young age that he had an uncanny ability to do impressions, Gold went from mimicking teachers to mastering truly unique voices like Charles Grodin and Howard Stern. In fact, Gold got to do Howard on Howard Stem’s show and Grodin on Charles Grodin’s show. At 17, Gold began his stand-up career and, one year later, Gold’s impression-infused routine led to his first television appearance on MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour where he appeared alongside Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Drew Carey. By the time he was an undergraduate student at Boston University– where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics– Gold was splitting his time between his studies and touring comedy clubs and colleges across North America. In 1993, Gold was invited to perform at the world-renowned Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, where he appeared in a Showtime Network special hosted by the late John Candy. This Montreal appearance, along with his work on the MTV sketch series Comikaze, led to Gold’s first television series on the ABC sketch show She TV which was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Top Ten Shows.

His success in the comedy world provided the perfect segue to his career as an actor. His credits include playing Mary Richards’ boss (‘the new Lou Grant”) on the highly-rated Mary & Rhoda movie of the week on ABC, a regular performer and writer on Dana Carvey’s ABC sketch comedy series, star of the short-lived WB series You’re the One and host of the Cable Ace Award-winning Nickelodeon series Inside Eddie Johnson. Gold’s career has taken a couple of dramatic turns with performances in the independent features Restaurant and Origin of the Species where he starred alongside Amanda Peet.

In 2000, Gold combined his stand-up, writing and acting skills to develop and star in the Columbia TriStar pilot Good as Gold. Along with his co-creator and co-writer Ira Ungerleider (Friends), Gold assembled an all-star cast including Mary Tyler Moore as his mom, Elliot Gould as his father and Jonathan Silverman as his brother. Although the pilot did not become a network series, Gold learned the value of mining his real life for comedic inspiration.

With that lesson learned, Gold took another one of his life experiences– he and his wife living with his in-laws– and pitched a series idea that soon found a home at Paramount and NBC. With Frasier star Kelsey Grammer executive producing, Frasier executive producer Mark Reisman writing and executive producing, acclaimed feature film star Dennis Farina starring as his father-in-law, and multiple Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart starring as his mother-in-law, once again Gold has mined comedy gold from his miserable existence. In Laws was only on NBC for a season, but he’s already taking another stab at a successful sitcom with a pilot script he wrote, that is currentlly in development for next year.

As he gets set to make his third appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Gold is currently performing at corporate events and comedy clubs across the country doing what he does best … makin’ em laugh! Currently, Gold splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, and between the Friar’s Club and time with his wife Sacha and son Brandon. . .and, of course, his in-laws.

Recent Highlights:

I Love the 70’s (VH1)
I Love the 80’s (VH1)
Guest Host Talk Soup (Comedy Central)
In Laws (NBC)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien(NBC)
Rosie O’Donnell Show