14 Aug

Jimmy Fallon, Dana Carvey and the Art of Practice

The other day I was catching up on my Jimmy Fallon clips and watched the very funny Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon doing “Wheel of Impressions”. They took turns doing spot-on impressions of Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But it was a comment at the beginning that really took me by surprise. In fact, it was a comment that was hardly even a comment at all. It was just said in passing. Fallon, referring to Dana Carvey’s impressions, said, “I love your impressions, obviously, and I’ve studied yours.”

“I’ve studied your [impressions]…” -Jimmy Fallon @fallontonight

Wait, Jimmy Fallon doesn’t just DO impressions? He has to “study” them? Does that mean everyone has to study to do impressions? They can’t just do them? I can just picture Jimmy Fallon standing in front of his mirror practicing his Al Pacino impression. No one is laughing at him or criticizing him. But his confidence goes up with each practice, so that eventually he can go out before his audience of thousands and entertain us.

Maybe this isn’t as shocking as it was to me, but it really got me to thinking, Hey, if Jimmy Fallon can LEARN to do impressions, why can’t I? Why do I have to just stand in awe of his work when I can do the same thing myself? Honestly, I can! I’ll never be Jimmy Fallon, but I can be just as good at something that he does…or even better.

Knowing this kinda takes away the intimidation factor, doesn’t it?


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