I am your President

So I settle into rehearsal for this Second City Student Show I’m doing and Johanna whispers to me “How’s your George Bush impression?” This has never been asked of me. “Fine” I respond “I sound just like Dana Carvey doing him.” “No” she corrected “George W. Bush.” I guess I briefly forgot that we loved the first one so much as to elect his son twice. “Fine” I responded “I sound just like Will Ferrell doing him.” Schadenfreude has very deliberately chosen not to do impersonations, maybe because then the sketch becomes all about how well you do them.

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So I settle into rehearsal for this Second City Student Show I’m doing and Johanna whispers to me “How’s your George Bush impression?” This has never been asked of me. “Fine” I respond “I sound just like Dana Carvey doing him.” “No” she corrected “George W. Bush.” I guess I briefly forgot that we loved the first one so much as to elect his son twice. “Fine” I responded “I sound just like Will Ferrell doing him.” Schadenfreude has very deliberately chosen not to do impersonations, maybe because then the sketch becomes all about how well you do them. I always liked the way we sidestepped this. We’d just put a huge sign around our neck that said “Dick Cheney” or “Condoleeza Rice.” It was not only a funny way of doing it, but kind of a statement on impersonations. I also liked how when we did Dick Cheney I breakdanced, and when Sandy played George W. Bush he played him in spotlight lip-synching the rap from “I’ve got the power.” That’s definitely the Schadenfreude variation on things. As I was playing GW in rehearsal, I remembered one of my favorite things about Chevy Chase’s impersonation of Ford. The fact that he made NO ATTEMPT to imitate Gerald Ford. That seemed to be their rebellion on the Rich Little’s of their day.

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