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The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever  

Kel Varnsen
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The best celebrity impressionists ever include some legendary comics and impersonators like Rich Little, Will Jordan, and Will Jordan, along with some modern-day comedians like Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey and, more recently, Jay Pharoah. This list includes some of the masters of comedic impressions and impersonations, but it isn't complete: be sure to add any of your favorite impressionists and impressionist comedians who are missing (and vote for the best).

Doing a truly great impression of someone else takes great skill. It's more than just scrunching up your face and saying "Come on, make my day" and then passing it off as Clint Eastwood. Anyone who can do amazing impressions must be able to pull off physical comedy. It's about getting the gestures, the voice inflection and the attitude of the person just right. On top of that, you've got to be funny. That's a tall order, but several great comedians have found the perfect formula.

Who are the best celeb impersonators? Some of the best impressionists ever are (or were) cast members on 'Saturday Night Live' or other sketch comedy shows. Among them: Phil Hartman, Joe Piscopo, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Darrell Hammond. Tina Fey earns a place of honor on this list for her hilarious, and nearly perfect, impression of Sarah Palin.
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Michael Caine
Roger Moore
Liam Neeson

 

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Kirk Douglas
Marlon Brando
LBJ
 

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Nicolas Cage
Billy Baldwin
Ben Stiller
Robin Williams
 

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Notable Impressions: 

Frank Sinatra
Andy Rooney
Robert DeNiro
Johnny Carson

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Bono
Tom Cruise
Joaquin Phoenix

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Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Joe Pesci
Norm MacDonald
Adam Sandler
 

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Maria Bamford
Owen Wilson
Mickey Mouse
Pikachu
Bjork

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Whitney Houston
Oprah
Lil Kim

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Morgan Freeman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert DeNiro

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Elizabeth Taylor
Eartha Kitt
Barbara Streisand
Diana Ross

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Notable Impressions:

The Moviefone Guy
The Backstreet Boys
Keanu Reeves
Jackie Chan

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Archie Bunker
Ralph Kramden
Louis Armstrong

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Andrew Dice Clay
Bruce Springsteen
Bill Clinton

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Michael Jackson
Elvis
Cher

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Michael Caine
Mick Jagger
Tom Jones
 

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Notable Impressions:

Garth Brooks
Billy Joel
Peter Faulk

 

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JFK
Jesus

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George Burns
Joan Rivers
Cher
Judge Judy
 

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Barney Fife
Floyd The Barber
Aunt Bee
Andy Griffith
 

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Robert DeNiro
Robin Williams
John Travolta
 

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Christopher Walken
Tracy Morgan
Adam Sandler

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Notable Impressions:

Groucho Marx 
Bing Crosby
Perry Como
Dean Martin
John Wayne

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Notable Impressions:

Mick Jagger
Roy Orbison
Dean Martin

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George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama