Monday, June 29, 2009

Fred Travalena, 1942-2009. R.I.P.

Comedian Fred Travalena died yesterday of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 66.

Travalena was best known for his impersonations.

Here is a routine he did on The Late Show with David Letterman circa late 2006 or early 2007.

At the end of his routine he impersonated every President from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush reciting the inaugural oath. His impersonations have as much to do with facial gestures and body language as they do with the voice.

Alas we will never see his take on President Obama.

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