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Radio 4’s favourite impressionist broke through on Big Breakfast as ‘the man of 1000 voices.’ With a remarkable, instant recall of 350 voices from politics, showbiz and sport, the star of Dead Ringers and The Impressions Show can respond on the spot to virtually any audience request from Brian Cox to Barack Obama. He’s also a keen astronomer.
Jon Culshaw is seen by many as being Britain's best impressionist with a repertoire of over 350 voices covering politics, sport and celebrity from Boris Johnson to Alan Carr, Brian Cox to Barack Obama, Russell Crowe to Michael McIntryre.
Originally a DJ, Jon won a Radio 1 talent contest and joined the team on the seminal television satire Spitting Image. He played 40 characters, including Frank Bruno, Michael Portillo, Bill Clinton and Liam Gallagher. Jon then became ‘the man of a thousand voices’ on Channel 4’s Big Breakfast before returning to radio where he made international headlines by calling the Downing Street switchboard and fooling the operators with his William Hague impression. After being put through to Tony Blair, the incident was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions and reported in Hansard.
With an unmatched versatility, Jon found mainstream success with the radio and TV show Dead Ringers leading to his own BBC series, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, which was followed by Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson. He is a regular guest on radio and TV comedy and chat shows from The Now Show to Parkinson, and frequently appears on election coverage, providing necessary comic relief with impromptu impressions of politicians and commentators.
Away from comedy, Jon’s love of science and astronomy have seen him join the world’s longest running television programme The Sky at Night, as well as writing a column, Jon Culshaw’s Exoplanet Excursions, for the show’s magazine. He has also appeared alongside Brian Cox on Stargazing Live and The Infinite Monkey Cage.
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