E for Effort

I found this poster at the Harlow Town train station. I took some liberties, enlarging the portrait of Britain’s own Richard Atkins for your viewing pleasure. The poster claims that “one million people can’t be wrong!” It does not say what they are right about, but I would venture to guess that these million find Richard Atkins to be a less-than-convincing Elvis-It looks like Atkins recieved his haircut from the Neil Diamond hairdresser impersonator.


According to the December 3rd, 2000 Naked Scientist, “There are now at least 85,000 Elvis’s around the world, compared to only 170 in 1977 when Elvis died. At this rate of growth, experts predict that by 2019 Elvis impersonators will make up a third of the world population.”

Impersonation can be a funny thing- Like George Plimpton impersonating a Detroit quarterback, or Alan Alda impersonating George Plimpton in the movie Paper Lions, or Marv impersonating Alan Alda.

Or, when guys get drunk and impersonate Rambo while handcuffed and screaming racial slurs.

Or, when Asians impersonate Elvis and this article from the Washington Post.

Or, when Joseph Beuys impersonates a German pop singer while attempting to make a political statement.


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