A few years back he scored a viral video hit on YouTube reciting a Shakespearean soliloquy from Richard III in the voices of nearly two dozen different actors with amazing ability and a bit of wry humor thrown in.
Since then, Meskimen has taken to the road, performing his act around the world and cracking up everybody he meets. And, oh yeah, helping Rainn Wilson reinvent the TV sitcom business model with a new series called The Impression Guys.
Perhaps pining a bit for his viral roots, Meskimen takes the most famous Shakespearean soliloquy from Hamlet and renders the musings about mortality (and, more importantly, immortality) in more than a dozen celebrity voices, including a dead-on Maggie Smith, a rarity for Impressionists, man or woman, who don't usually cross over to the other team.
Adding a dash of his signature dry wit (no jokes, just funny expressions and surprising celebrity choices) Jim Meskimen manages to elevate the material to an even higher station than its already lofty position by actually making it as funny as it is deadly serious.
It's a rare talent. And the main reason why Jim Meskimen leads a small band of comedians trying to resurrect the celebrity impressions art form and help a new generation discover just how entertaining, and educational, it can be.
Or, as Shakespeare would say, "If you tickle us, do we not laugh?"
Click the video to watch Hamlet in Celebrity Voices by Jim Meskimen.
It's bound to be a classic...