Impressionist Does Shakespeare in 25 Celebrity Voices

Actor Jim Meski­men has appeared in his fair share of films — There Will Be Blood, Frost/Nixon and Mag­no­lia, to name a few. But he’s per­haps best known for his work as an impres­sion­ist come­di­an. He does the voice of George W. Bush, and Mor­gan Free­man too. But that’s just the tip of the ice­berg. In his lat­est video, Meski­men imper­son­ates 25 famous fig­ures — from Woody Allen to Jack Nichol­son to Droopy Dog — and quite nat­u­ral­ly he has them recit­ing Clarence’s mono­logue from Richard III. Enjoy.

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  • Rhett says:

    This is so much fun!! Nice­ly done!

  • Bart says:

    Could you please con­sid­er adding a link to the YouTube page of the videos you post too?

    This will allow mobile users to watch it in their YouTube-apps, and peo­ple that can’t have Flash installed on their desk­tops.

    Thanks for con­sid­er­a­tion I guess :)

  • maewe says:

    the show can’t pos­si­bly be any bet­ter than this! this is SICK!

  • Lia says:

    This is amaz­ing.

  • E says:

    Just… WOW!

  • Carol says:

    Old­er son sent this to me. Have a hus­band who quotes Shake­speare and loves movies and humor. This com­bines them all. Super­al­ties elude me. Best I’ve ever expe­ri­enced.

    More more more please…

  • jim meskimen says:

    Hey, glad you liked my video! If noth­ing else, it’s get­ting some peo­ple who would­n’t give William Shake­speare a Tweets worth of their time a lit­tle taste of his amaz­ing writ­ing. What can I say? I’m a fan of the Bard of Avon.
    If you are in LA, come see the live show! Tick­ets and info at I’ll be there July 29th and 30th, and Sep­tem­ber 9 & 10 at 8 pm. Damn cheap seats, too!

  • Sally says:

    When you get retweet­ed by The Globe, your know you’re pro­duc­ing world class Shake­speare!

  • xadrian says:

    I loved you in Whose Line. You have great con­trol, well done.

  • jake says:

    There should have/could have eas­i­ly been a John Malkovich some­where in there as well!

  • Caleb Warren says:

    First off, great impres­sions, and it was made even bet­ter by read­ing Shake­speare.
    Sec­ond, I found this video from Craig Fer­gu­son’s twit­ter @craigyferg. I find it hilar­i­ous that A) Craig is one of the 25 celebri­ties, when he’s clear­ly nowhere near as famous as any of the oth­er celebs, although I love the guy; and B)although the impres­sions were great, the impres­sion of Craig was the weak­est, a bit of irony per­haps.
    All that being said Jim is obvi­ous­ly incred­i­bly tal­ent­ed and I will absolute­ly be look­ing for more vids/shows from him.

  • ben says:

    If you don’t already, you could do a killer Robin Williams.

  • Janine Jorgensen says:

    This would be one too see! Robin Williams the Bomb! Nice choice Craigy! You lil dev­il! :))

  • Rita Manley says:

    Thanks Craig Fer­gusen, Jim Meski­men is so tal­ent­ed! It made me smile. But you are just as well known as a comedian,as the peo­ple he impersonated.His impres­sion of Craig Fer­gusen needs some work though

  • mary cameron says:

    Oh, bril­liant! Loved them all, and espe­cial­ly the hilar­i­ous rel­e­vance of their bits of the mono­logue. Thanks for this. Come up to Mon­tre­al and do, uh, Christo­pher Plum­mer?

  • John Cheese says:

    Guy is ok, hits some miss­es oth­ers. Josh Thomp­son does away bet­ter Mor­gan Free­man. Craig is always think­ing out­side of the box.

  • Roberta says:

    Wow!! Such tal­ent!! What is also amaz­ing is how your facial fea­tures change with each impres­sion and you actu­al­ly kind of morph in to that per­son!! Tru­ly amaz­ing!!! ;)

  • Jodi says:

    I think I kind of love this, too. Thanks Craig for tweet­ing and thanks Jim for the incred­i­ble talent…wish we lived in LA for the day…just to see your show!

  • carrie says:

    This was amaz­ing. Real­ly made my day. I loved jack nichol­son and Christo­pher walkin! And George bush ha.

  • robwilliam55 says:

    Richard Bur­ton could recite the Welsh nation­al anthem, back­wards.

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