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Making An Impression
37 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Foran & Harbour 2
Part 2 of my recording with the amazing Irish impressionist Al Foran and voice acting superstar Kate Harbour. We discuss bad Irish accents and dare Kate to try hers out on Al, we delve into the contained fury of Roy Keane, investigate the wrong voice in the wrong place technique and decide it’s high time there was a dedicated show starring all impressionists on TV. Three great sketches with voices that include Roy Keane, of course, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, a range of young and old ladies and many more. Plus some nice little cock-ups. Enjoy.
40 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - McGowan & Berry Part 2
This is part 2 of my recording with the fabulous Josh Berry and legendary Alistair McGowan. We discuss the risks involved in doing impressions of the actual people when they’re in the same room, the difference between impressions and impersonations, why some voices just appear while others take years to learn, and doing impressions just for our own amusement. Three great sketches with voices that include the Repair Shop crew, Jimmy Carr, Daniel Radcliffe, Jose Mourinho, David Mitchell plus many more – like Prince Harry, Gary Barlow and Hugh Grant – thrown in. Enjoy.
41 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Bremner & O'Sullivan 2
This is part 2 of the show I recorded with the insanely brilliant Rory Bremner and Kate O’Sullivan. We discuss how musicality is so often part of the impressionist’s armoury, I talk about doing Billy Connolly in a toilet - as it were - we contrast acting with doing impressions and we cover the importance of rhythm when reproducing a voice. We’ve got, amongst other impressions, John McDonnell, Trump, Nigella and Sharon Osborne, and Rory and I offer a world first as we share Ozzy in the final sketch. It’s very funny. Honestly.
33 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Lewis & Posthill
A new voice - indeed, several voices – we haven’t heard on the show before, courtesy of the brilliant Francine Lewis. She’s joined by the equally brilliant Danny Posthill. We had to overcome some technical difficulties, so the sound quality isn’t as good as it normally is. Apologies for that. Francine unfurls her wonderful impressions of Sharon Osborne, Stacey Solomon and Amy Childs, while Danny treats us to Piers Morgan, Eamonn Holmes and Joe Wicks, plus many, many more from both of them. Three sketches, two of which we cocked up (I say we - me) plenty of insightful chat, anecdotes and laughs. Enjoy.
35 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - McGowan & East
The brilliant Alistair McGowan and Hannah East join us for the first part of this pod. We livestreamed the entire show to YouTube and Facebook and had a lot of fun doing so. It should still be available on the Making An Impression YouTube channel. In this podcast, Hannah explains how she tells her kids off as Sean Dyche, Alistair nails Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield having done neither publicly before, while Hannah’s first attempts at Holly Willoughby and Kate Fleming in our Line Of Duty sketch are equally wonderful. Three sketches in all, loads of impressions, an accent trip through the UK, chat, insights and anecdotes. Enjoy.
34 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Bremner & Diggle
This week we’re joined by the legend that is Rory Bremner and a guy who blew me away with his boxing impressions when I interviewed him in series 1, super talented Adam Diggle. Adam talks about his experience voicing animations with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and we discuss the difference between vocally accurate and cartoon impressions. There’s more chat about Keir Starmer’s blockage, how Winnie The Pooh became Tyson Fury, and impressions that work best at the end of a breath. Lots of cock-ups, three great sketches, wonderful impressions. Enjoy.
34 minutes | May 31, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - McGowan & O'Sullivan 2
Part 2 of this terrific show features the spectacular vocal skills of Alistair McGowan and Kate O'Sullivan. We discuss the difficulties involved in maintaining an impression, Alistair amply demonstrating his mastery of the art in a longish sketch as Chris Packham. Kate excels as Nigella and a host of other characters, while I mostly sit back and leave them to it. Loads of great voices, fascinating chat about how and why we do impressions, plus amazing insights and anecdotes. Enjoy.
40 minutes | May 24, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - East & Altman
We welcome back the wonderful Darren Altman and, making her debut on the show, the phenomenal Hannah East. We discuss how Hannah approaches male voices and hear her amazing football manager impressions, Darren explores ‘beige’ impressions and how to find a way into them, we look at having serious jobs while doing silly voices in your spare time and we politely disagree about the part pitch plays in impressions. Three great sketches including the voices of Bjork, Lady Gaga, Boris, O’Grady, Bean, Sugar, Toksvig, Millican and so many more. And Hannah and I have a bit of a Dyche-off. Enjoy.
34 minutes | May 17, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Bremner & Bianco
The remarkable Christina Bianco joins us all the way from the hustle and bustle of New York and, from steady old Oxfordshire, the wonderful Rory Bremner. We discuss when to use caricature/cartoon impressions and when more accuracy is required, why Rory deliberately used to muck up his monologues on his seminal Channel 4 series, and Christina walks us through the many key changes necessary to pull off several female vocalists, before demonstrating her extraordinary singing skills in a sketch. Two more sketches for you as well and, of course, some truly amazing impressions. Enjoy.
38 minutes | May 10, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Foran & Harbour
Two amazing voice talents on this week's show. From Ireland, the extraordinary Al Foran and from England the immensely gifted Kate Harbour. We discuss the weather – well you have to – and cycling. Why not? Al conveys the misery of performing gigs to Zoom audiences, while Kate discusses how she invents new voices for animated characters. Three new sketches featuring Mourinho, Rio Ferdinand, Ramsey, Clarkson, Olivia Colman and Julie Andrews among many others. There’s a song at the end which, I’m afraid, got a bit chaotic because of slight timing issues over the internet so we lost some of the sweet chorus but, if nothing else, it tested my editing skills. Loads of impressions chat, anecdotes and laughs.
42 minutes | May 3, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Berry & McGowan
Two brilliant impressionists for you. The legend that is Alistair McGowan and the extraordinary young genius Josh Berry. We discuss whether impressionists should tell the audience who they’re about to do, we look, again, at how some impressions flow naturally into others, and how we add little tics and nuances to scripted dialogue to make impressions really fly. Three more great sketches involving football managers, and tennis players, with James Acaster, Stewart Lee and many others thrown in, and Alistair demonstrates his virtuosity by voicing several characters consecutively in the last sketch. Enjoy.
41 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Bremner & O'Sullivan
The peerless Rory Bremner and stunningly talented Kate O’Sullivan bring their amazing vocal skills to the show this week. Rory and I discuss how to do Keir Starmer – essentially it involves loading up on phlegm, there’s a bit of Sean Dyche for you and a sore throat for me, and Boris and Jacinda Ardern squabble about their respective responses to the pandemic. We talk about the problems presented to impressionists by bland voices and why the Geordie accent so often slips into Welsh. Amazing impressions, funny new sketches and some revealing showbiz inside from Rory.
36 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - McGowan & O'Sullivan
The amazing Alistair McGowan and Kate O'Sullivan tackle three brand new sketches. Tess Daly, Carol Kirkwood, Louis Theroux, Lyse Doucet and Alan Shearer are among the many characters who make an appearance. Alistair drills down into the complexities of Jose Mourinho's accent. Kate reveals the loneliness of the solo performer. We discuss the techniques necessary to do two or three impressions consecutively, while I selflessly takes on a couple of impressions I've never done before. Ahem. Plus there's a fascinating insight into the script editing process. Enjoy.
38 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Making An Impression: The Sketches - Posthill & Altman
Danny Posthill and Darren Altman join me for this hilarious episode, the first in the new series. The sketches include an attempt at three Morgan Freemans (funny but failed), some biting political satire with Putin, Biden and Boris (funny but not that biting) and my valiant but ultimately doomed attempt to nail Jeff Goldblum (funny, not in a good way). These two outstanding impressionists and natural comedians compare notes on doing Piers Morgan, offer some insights into the art of impressions, unfurl some majestic voices and spin some fantastic yarns. Danny's Peter Beardsley story at the end is worth the admission money alone. Enjoy!
51 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
You're Popping - Kate O'Sullivan
Kate O'Sullivan is one of the most in-demand voiceover artists in the country. As those who heard her on our sister podcast Making An Impression will know, she is also a magnificent impressionist. And it was those skills that took her from stage and screen to the vocal booth where she became the voice of numerous high profile products. Hear about her heavenly VO session with Hugh Laurie, dubbing Hollywood stars in films and commercials, Brian Blessed bellowing through a soundproofed room and the numerous superstars with whom she has shared a booth. Witty and engaging, Kate is the perfect guest.
51 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
You're Popping - Tanya Rich
Hugely experienced and massively versatile voiceover artist Tanya Rich is our guest on You're Popping this week. Tanya has voiced everything from high profile TV and radio campaigns to animations and corporate videos. She can turn her hand to any accent and is as convincing as a nine year old girl as she is a woman of ninety. A wonderfully entertaining and perceptive raconteur. Anecdotes aplenty, with a few famous names thrown in.
54 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
You're Popping - Jim Meskimen
Vocal genius Jim Meskimen is my guest this week all the way from LA. Having dazzled us with his impressions and techniques on Making An Impression, here Jim talks about his life behind the microphone as a voice actor, covering some of the issues he's faced over his 30+ years as a pro. Like finding fifty character voices for an audio book. And doing female voices convincingly. Jim also discusses his favourite and weirdest gigs, how to voice a 'genuine' character and managing superstar egos in the booth. Plenty of great voices, insights and lots of laughs.
51 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
You're Popping - Clare Reeves
Clare Reeves has been churning out top quality work from her home studio for years. A self-confessed geek, she revels in tweaking her audio output to within an inch of its life. TV and radio commercials are her staple, but give her a complex technical read and she's in heaven! Hear about her whispering technique to overcome tricky words, how she entertained Jarvis Cocker, treats voiceover work - rightly - as rocket science and knows exactly why we do what we do: to make people obey! Funny, bubbly and effortlessly charming.
52 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
You're Popping - Nicola Redman
Nicola Redman is one of the country's top voice and accent coaches. She's also one of the best voiceover artists around. In this week's pod, she lifts the lid on some amazing vocal exercises, tells us how she was once that voice telling you you've had an accident, talks us through a sex phone line gig, describes how she handles egos when teaching the stars and recounts how she learned how to sniff coke from Ray Winstone. Laughs and vocal tips galore from the charming and hilarious Nic.
50 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
You're Popping - Darren Altman
Brilliant impressionist and voiceover supremo Darren Altman chats about playing a blocked drain and a superhero pig, lifts the lid on his throat-ripping video games experience, offers some insights into his interesting editing technique and, of course, throws in some stunning impressions including Donald Trump eating a hamburger. Not to be missed.
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