Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)
Jonathan Clark and his show, A Lasting Impression, is playing at the Starlite Theater inside
the Riviera Hotel and Casino. This is the first impersonator show that I've truly enjoyed in
years...partly because of the talent of Jonathan Clark, partly due to a very well-crafted show,
and partly because this is the first impersonator show that breaks out of the tired old formula
that has dominated the genre for years. For that, I send Jonathan kudos and thanks.
Impersonator shows have gotten into such a horrible rut in recent years, that when someone
asked if I would see their show, I only begrudgingly dragged myself to the performance. The
problem was that everyone wanted to be the next Danny Gans...so everyone made their show in the
style of Gans' production, but sadly with only a little theme and variation to each...it was
the same show with the same impressions...I can name five impersonators off the top of my head
that all have this same show. I was becoming disgusted with the genre. I was going to run
screaming from the theatre if I had to hear another George Burns to Kermit to Louis Armstrong
to Presidential medley to Columbo combination...I desperately wanted to hear any impersonation
that wasn't taken from 60's and 70's personalities.
So finally, it seems that it took a British impersonator to break the stalemate. Jonathan
Clark does impressions of people from this century... (I never knew that I would be so excited
to say that...) Not only is that significant, but the show itself is very well-crafted. The
show effectively moves from one impression to the next; nice transitions, good pace, and great
variety between singing and spoken impressions, as well as classic and contemporary
Raised in Colchester, Essex, Jonathan ventured into the world of show business at the tender
age of 16, learning quickly what it takes to be not only a fine vocal artist, but a genuine
The other notable element about Jonathan is that, in him, I see that "thing." That "thing" is
that undefined element that has a combination of élan, charisma, and personality. He has that
thing that helps people become stars and celebrities. With that combined with his talent,
Jonathan Clark really could become the next great impersonator in Las Vegas.
Now of course, no impersonator does every impression to perfection...obviously some are better
than others, and as far as the production goes, there was really only one choice that I didn't
Toward the end of the show, he does his first "ending." As with most shows, that leaves time
for a finale number. At this point, Clark comes out in full Elvis garb and does an extended
routine before going to the finale number. For my taste, it was way too much, way too late.
The entire routine felt as if it was forced into that spot just because he's performing in Las
Vegas. The other problem is that in a town replete with truly top-notch Elvis impersonators,
his Elvis comes across as weak.
You're doing great, Jonathan. Keep up the good work and never stop improving your show and
keeping it relevant.