The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator
is a short running reality program that is trying to find the best celebrity impersonator. This show is fun, if only because of the involvement of Jeffrey Ross. Ross is a comic who has made appearances all over the entertainment world, but might best be known for his work on various Friars Club Roasts. Jeffrey Ross is hilarious. Very funny, and this is a good forum for him to just verbally abuse contestants. What follows are my live thoughts while watching tonight's episode.
Everyone say hi to Michelle Merkin. She is rather fetching.
We're in New York tonight, which should provide some interesting characters.
The judges are looking for three things: The look, the voice, and the performance.
A Howard Stern guy comes in and he sounds exactly like Howard, looks exactly like Howard, and is funny to boot. Incredible. He's going to the semis.
AHHHHH!!!! It's a Cher and it is terrible. She is wearing the fishnet thing. Gross.
Donald Trump: he doesn't exactly have the look. But the voice and mannerisms are pretty darn good. He doesn't get through, though.
Tina Turner: the miniskirt is there, but she seems to get really tired a few seconds into her song. Bad.
Paris Hilton: pretty funny. She's got the voice and the look. She's going through. Man, I hate Paris Hilton.
Borat: I feel like Borat is a pretty easy character to master. He does a pretty solid job, but the judges send him home because he doesn't look like anything like Borat.
Cher: okay, but I don't get it.
Sean Connery: He's got the look, but the impression is crappy.
We get a montage of bad Sinatra impersonators. What is wrong with these people?
Rocky Balboa: Rocky somehow got a lisp. They rip him apart.
Rudy Giuliani: Terrible, terrible.
Gloria Estefan: This woman says that she makes part of her living by impersonating Estefan. SHe chokes mid-song, forgets the words. They let her go through.
Elvis: Absolutely horrendous.
Dolly Parton: A young, hot Dolly. She sings well, but she doesn't have the speaking voice...or the boobs.
Austin Powers: Pretty funny. The guy is good, but we don't get to see what his fate is.
Chris Rock: I wouldn't have known who it was if they didn't tell me.
The worst George Clooney impersonation.
Bette Midler: Disgusting, awful. Ech.
Kenny Chesney: Bad. Unfortunately, there's no Peyton Manning impersonator with him. That would be fun.
David Letterman: Had the look, not t he impression.
Neil Diamond: Isn't weird to impersonate someone younger than you? This guy is bad.
Kramer: He's got the looks and the mannerisms, but the voice isn't there. Elon Gold goes up to show him how to do it.
Madonna: The lady says she's been impersonating Madonna for over 20 years. But, she's a terrible singer. Everything else is great, though, and she goes through.
George W. Bush: Got the look, but the voice is horrendous.
Hilary Clinton: Awful.
Jackie Gleason: He does Shakespeare. Really. Not bad, but not good enough.
John Travolta: Doing Shakespeare. Awful.
Three different Britney Spears impersonators. One is a guy. We're supposed to figure out which one it is. It turns out that it's the manly looking one.
Tom Jones: Sweet outfit, but terrible singer.
Roseanne Barr: Really good. They have her sing the National Anthem. Awesome.
Bruce Willis, singing "On the Boardwalk": All sorts of bad.
Simon Cowell: Absolutely horrendous.
Rod Stewart: Really good at the singer part. Not the looks.
Donald Trump: Funny, but the voice was pretty weak.
Worst. Regis. Ever.
Reba McEntire: I don't get it.
Rod Serling: Bad, and just weird. The same guy also tries out Johnny Carson and Jack Nicholson.
Barry Manilow: I'm not a Barry Manilow fan, and I don't plan on it.
Groucho Marx: Pretty good, funny, but not great.
A montage of truly awful auditions.
Rodney Dangerfield: This guy is awesome. Incredible impression. He's going to the next round. His name is Irv and he's an electrician.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer