Impressionist Jon Culshaw to make a Big Impression at Potters - read our profile


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Warmly regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist, comedian Jon Culshaw has a catalogue of over 350 voices with some of his finest including Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Barack Obama, Alan Carr, John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. What’s more, he can seamlessly switch between impressions, is unmissable live and is making his debut at Potters Resort on Sunday 27th September 2020.

If you remember, Jon famously made headlines in 1998 when he was put directly through to Prime Minister Tony Blair after fooling the switchboard operators of No. 10 Downing Street with his impression of William Hague! Despite having no prepared material, he engaged the Prime Minister in conversation for a considerable amount of time. The incident was mentioned at the Prime Minister’s Question Time.

Jon’s many TV appearances include Spitting Image, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, ITV2’s animated topical sketch show Newzoids, and recent ITV panel show The Imitation Game. On radio, Jon is one of the leading cast members in long-running BBC Radio 4 comedy Dead Ringers.

Ahead of his performance, here are some facts on Jon…

  • He was a regular guest on the Chris Moyles afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 from 1998 to 2002, where he would phone up commercial organisations such as a garage in the voice of Patrick Moore or Obi-Wan Kenobi politely requesting whether they could service his X-wing fighter and how much time it would take!
  • Jon was one of the stars of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Dead Ringers, which ran from 2000 to 2007, as well as the BBC Two television series of the same name, from 2002 until 2007. The radio series of Dead Ringers made a return to BBC Radio 4 in 2014.
  • In 2018, he played David Bowie in the BBC radio play The Final Take: Bowie in the Studio, an imagined account of Bowie as he works on his final album and looks back over his life
  • He appeared as Tony Blair in the 2004 film Churchill: The Hollywood Years and voiced Piston Pete in the 2008 film Agent Crush.
  • Some of Culshaw's most famous impressions include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Russell Crowe, Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, Ozzy Osbourne, former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, comedian Michael McIntyre, presenter Dale Winton, newsreader Brian Perkins, Sir Patrick Moore, Tom Baker and Les Dawson.
  • On 13 March 2010, Jon was a guest judge on the BBC One charity programme Let's Dance for Comic Relief. In 2013, he appeared as a contestant on the show, where he performed a routine to "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim.
  • Jon is also a regular guest on election programmes providing necessary comic relief with impromptu impersonations of politicians and commentators.
  • Recently Jon has become a regular team member of the world’s longest running programme The Sky at Night. First appearing with Sir Patrick Moore on the show’s 50th anniversary in April 2007 and is part of the judging panel for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize for Science Books. As a lifelong astronomy enthusiast Jon’s role on The Sky at Night is to ask the scientists the kind of questions that the viewers might have. As he describes it ‘Simply the best job on Earth’.
  • With an unmatched versatility, Jon is regularly called upon for a host of guest appearances. Other credits include Parkinson, The Royal Variety Performance, We Are Most Amused, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Stargazing Live.
  • He has even toured the nation with Dead Ringers producer Bill Dare in ‘The Great British Take Off’ – a night of unscripted, spontaneous comedy in which celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting!
  • Jon is also passionate about old cars and showcased this on his stint on Top Gear’s Extra Lap and in The Cars That Made Britain.  

See him make his debut at Potters on Sunday 27th September 2020.