“We caught up with Tim Beasley, a Tribute entertainer who will be coming to Fort Myers Beach next month to the Entertainment Center at the Moose Lodge on San Carlos Blvd. He will be doing tribute to Johnny Carson and Rod Stuart
He told us that as a young teenager in the mid-1960s he began watching ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.’ "It was the most popular late-night TV program in the world. Doing quite well with my grades in school, my Mom allowed me to nap in the early evenings so I could stay up for “the grown-up fun” of Johnny Carson interviewing the most exciting entertainers, and also laugh whole-heartedly at his comedic genius! This led me to re-enact Johnny’s ‘cheeky’ monologues every day at lunchtime as my school chums howled with laughter…I knew this was my calling! At age 24, on New Year’s Eve 1976, I premiered my first professional “Johnny Carson” comedy show in a Roanoke, VA nightclub called G.D. Graffiti’s. It was the beginning of a grand career!”
I told him that I remember watching the show 'Copy Cats' when was a kid which was the first time I ever saw Rich Little do his impersonations and was I amazed at all the impersonation some of the actors did, he told me he has developed over 100 different impersonations? “I was always a fan of the great impressionists Will Jordan, Frank Gorshen, Rich Little and others.
Beginning with ‘Johnny Carson’ my audiences were always asking for their favorite stars, and so with that I would take the most popular requests and would learn those stars’ moves, voicings and manners. Then as an actor underneath all of my voice experiences I realized that with props, makeup and costuming I could “walk out in full dimension” as those stars…This was very popular with my audiences…and as “new requests” came along, I added to my “cast.”
He has performed national convention centers that include as the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Also the convention centers in Pasadena, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Walter E. Washington in DC, Kansas City MO, Coronado Springs Disney World, many more. Also has played at historic hotels and resorts such as The Homestead Hot Springs VA, The Menger Hotel San Antonio TX, The Renaissance Glendale AZ and again many more. He also has performed in theaters like the Mishler of Altoona PA, the Williamsburg Theater Williamsburg, VA and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center of Sanford FL and smaller venues like the entertainment center as well.
He is a pleasant gentleman and likes to meet his fans and attendees and closed our meeting with "I’m considered “retirement age,” but I do enjoy performing and entertaining so much that I see quite a few more years of being on the stage! My good health is my vehicle, and there’s a lot of life left on the treads! Thank you, and I hope to see you at my upcoming area show!!!"
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