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Jon Culshaw hoping to make good impression at Bromsgrove's Artrix

BORIS Johnson, Donald Trump, Michael Gove and others may be popping up at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on April 17 when top impressionist Jon Culshaw brings The Great British Take Off to town.

The celebrated comedian and star of BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringer will be accompanied by comedy producer and author Bill Dare for the show which had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

During the evening of unscripted, spontaneous comedy and conversation, Jon will reveal the secrets of mimicry as he transforms into a wide range of instantly recognisable politicians, sports personalities and celebrities.

Jon, along with Bill, will also reveal some of the mishaps and mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit.

The Great British Take Off is billed as being ‘topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining’.

Over the last two decades, Jon has established himself as one of Britain’s best impressionists and has a catalogue of more than 350 voices.

His own series The Impressionable Jon Culshaw was broadcast on ITV1 and he received rave reviews for the BBC 2 TV series Dead Ringers which ran for seven years. Dead Ringers transferred from Radio 4 to television but enjoys equal success as a Radio 4 ongoing series.

On TV it won the Best Political Satire Award at the Political Studies Association Awards 2004 and on radio it earned the British Comedy Award for Best Radio Comedy, the Sony Gold Radio Academy Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Radio Programme. The show has also been named the British Comedy Guide Best Radio Sketch Show for the last three years running.

Jon has been on a multitude of TV programmes, including 2DTV, Parkinson, Tonight with Jonathan Ross, The Royal Variety Show, Peston, The Daily Politics Show, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks ans Spitting Image where he provided more than 40 different characters.

The show, which is suitable for 16s and over, starts at 8pm.

Tickets, at £21.50, are available at artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

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