25 Jun Jim Morris
Speaker: Jim Morris
Political satirist and comedian
- An Evening with Jim Morris
Political impressionist Jim Morris has President Clinton and a host of others running for the hills. The rubber-faced Morris has become famous as a living political cartoon. Morris captures all of the attitude, optimism, and befuddled essence of our nation’s leaders.
Jim, who has always been interested in politics, humor and impersonating authority figures, discovered his talent while in high school, where he debuted over the school’s public address system issuing an unauthorized ‘early dismissal’ as the principal. (All students were dismissed earlier than Jim was that particular day.)
Jim goes far beyond mimicry, and well into the realm of the absurd. His ability to fully submerge himself within each character effectively suspends the disbelief of the audience. His pointed satire of then emerges from this realm of surrealism. His critically acclaimed one-man press conferences showcase his eerily precise impressions of President Clinton, Vice President Gore, former Presidents Bush and Reagan; journalists Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel; and a large cast of others, ranging from newsmakers to film and television stars, past and present.
As usual, Jim is first on the scene with his hilarious take on our next crop of Presidential hopefuls. However, it hasn’t been easy for him. Life on the campaign bus does have its downside. Rehearsing angry exchanges of rhetoric between the candidates can leave Jim susceptible to strange looks.
Jim Morris has starred in comedy specials airing on ABC, CBS, Cinemax and HBO; has appeared on Comic Relief and The Tonight Show; and often provides voices for TV Funhouse, a long-running animated feature on Saturday Night Live.
In addition to occasional sparring sessions on round table broadcasts such as CNN’s Crossfire, Capital Gang, and Larry King Live, he has triumphed in several face-to-face encounters with the subjects of his humor. Scenes of battle have included the infamous Ford’s Theater . . . and even the Oval Office!
An Evening with Jim Morris