Recently, I witnessed Corporate Comedian Ken Block perform a local gig and until that moment I didn’t realize that somebody could be paid for pretending to be funny.
I want to recall the act, I would like to provide accurate details but reliving the thing might be too painful. I’ll do my best here but if I miss describing any aspect of the performance, rest assured that readers won’t be missing much. First off, it’s important to note that Mr. Block is first and foremost an impressionist. His repertoire includes Elvis Presley, Cary Grant, Groucho Marx and all the Presidents from Kennedy till now. The unfortunate part of all this is that I don’t really like any of those people and that, in a nutshell, is the biggest fault with Mr. Block’s routine.
Believe me it gets worse.
I’ve heard that comic purists and entertainment people on the cutting edge have a problem with impressionists overall. By their very nature, impersonations aren’t really “original” but I’ve seen people make the most of the art form. In fact, just recently I witnessed a spot on depiction of Arnold Schwarzenegger getting a blow job