Thursday, August 9, 2007

Rich Little

Originally uploaded by johnandrewwalsh
In case you missed his nine-hour performance at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, Rich Little is an impressionist - a breed of entertainer that, please God, will soon go the way of the Chinese river dolphin.

Most of Mr. Little's bits involve imitations of celebrities who are so long dead not even the RCA Victor dog would recognize their voices. As a rule, he uses very few props, other than some glasses or a cigar.

But every once in a while he busts out a fully realized characterization so ill-conceived that, despite yourself, you might actually laugh. Take this blackface Cosby, for example. Please.