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Master Impressionist Jim Meskimen Stars in JIMPRESSIONS

Parks & Recreation’s master impressionist Jim Meskimen brings his new show JIMPRESSIONS to the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 29 at noon at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.

You may not recognize Jim Meskimen by name, but you’ve delighted in his performances for years, including supporting roles in five Ron Howard films (from Apollo 13 to Frost/Nixon).  A respected voice actor and impressionist whose celebrity voices have been heard on Parks & Recreation, The Tonight Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, as well as viral Internet sensations from JIbjab.com, there is little territory that Meskimen has not covered in his 25 plus years in show business.

In New York where he started his acting career, he first gained fame as a cartoonist, designing cartoon characters for the classic animated TV show, Thundercats, performing improv at night with the award-winning New York ensemble, Interplay, who boasted comedian Jerry Seinfeld as an early member. Moving back home to Los Angeles in 1993, he was seen as Will Smith’s college professor in a famous episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air on NBC; his imitations of Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, Robin Williams and others have delighted audiences in reruns ever since. In 2004, however, his impressions of presidential hopeful John Kerry, G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwartzeneggar had an even broader impact and contributed in a major way to the success of JibJab.com’s Flash animated hit, This Land, which topped 80 million hits during the election cycle and put the fledgling media company on the map.

Expanding his in-studio recording for these and other significant animated projects, including episodes of the Boondocks, Justice League, Shaggy & Scooby Doo Get a Clue, Avatar the Last Airbender and even the new reboot of Thundercats, Meskimen now takes his prodigious improv and impressionist skills to a new level live at in his all new one-man show, JIMPRESSIONS. Consisting of two acts of comedy, songs and stories from his career so far, JIMPRESSIONS is chock full of celebrity voices, more than 65 impressions in the first act alone, which is presented in a tongue-in-cheek retro 70's vibe.

Reserved tickets priced at $30 and $25 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com.  The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.  The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime. 

Valet parking is now available for most performances at the historic Capitol Theatre. 

The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater’s beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921,  this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark.  The is the first such designation by the city.   Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations.