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I am going to be sooo annoying for the next couple of days.
posted by pwally at 5:10 PM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


That was fun, but I think I like cortex's version.
posted by donnagirl at 5:12 PM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


So I guess just shouting "more cowbell" doesn't cut it anymore?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:22 PM on July 14, 2009


Yea, I love cortex's too! That's some good stuff.

Man, I hope this isn't racist, but I know some Asian (Philipino/Vietnamese-that's Asian right?) guys who knock my socks off. They're just guys I work with, and they can do John Wayne (that's pretty common), Neil Young...one kinda rotund guy can do a perfect young Frank Sinatra. It's uncanny.

Fun post. Happy Birthday Metafilter!
posted by snsranch at 5:34 PM on July 14, 2009


When my girlfriend has one too many to drink, her Noo Yawk accent comes out in a way that reminds me of Walken. I love her for that.
posted by peeedro at 5:36 PM on July 14, 2009


tl;dw
posted by GuyZero at 5:43 PM on July 14, 2009 [11 favorites]


I live with J (an old and dear friend) and A (his girlfriend). One day, J and I were trying to do Christopher Walken impressions at each other, and we discovered that we were both incredibly bad at it. Like, just unbelievably bad, straight up sounding like a Russian Tony Soprano filtered through Ernie from Sesame Street. Nothing like Christopher Walken. Nothing whatsoever.

Of course, this cracked us up to no end, and we immediately proclaimed ourselves to be the best Christopher Walken impersonators on earth. Since then, whenever one of us does his Christopher Walken impression, the other one's duty is to look absolutely gobsmacked, then excitedly compliment the impersonator on the verisimiltude of the impression, using praise as fevered and over-the-top as he can make it, while the impersonator smirks with false modesty, nodding in agreement. The impersonator then says a few more words in the style of Walken, while the other one pumps his fist and bellows enthusiastically, shouting loudly about how how AMAZINGLY FUCKING GOOD that was, how that is EASILY THE BEST Christopher Walken impression he has EVER heard, my GOD, that is fucking UNCANNY, MAN.

J's girlfriend haaaaaaaaates it
posted by Greg Nog at 5:51 PM on July 14, 2009 [14 favorites]


omigod. I watched it. all
posted by Xoebe at 6:14 PM on July 14, 2009


I want to stop watching it, but I can't. God help me.
posted by Bageena at 6:15 PM on July 14, 2009


At first I was going to say that I went to college with this guy, but then this guy turned out to be fairly talented.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:19 PM on July 14, 2009


A comedian named Craig Gass does the best Walken. He also does a perfect Pacino and Sam Kinison. I'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere.
posted by Zambrano at 6:26 PM on July 14, 2009


Kevin Spacey remains the gold standard of Walken impersonators, of course.
posted by Zonker at 6:26 PM on July 14, 2009 [5 favorites]


Greg Nog: I am known among my friends for being absolutely AWFUL at voice impersonations (except for those few where I'm bizarrely dead-on, such as Towelie or Herbert-the-Creepy-Old-Man from Family Guy, which are pretty similar, really)

But a friend of mine can do an AMAZING Meatwad, a feat which I've tried on numerous occasions to match, but now my friends will ask me to do my Meatwad just because it's so far from anything resembling the ATHF character that it becomes comedy in its own right.
posted by Navelgazer at 6:30 PM on July 14, 2009


...my friends will ask me to do my Meatwad just because it's so far from anything resembling the ATHF character that it becomes comedy in its own right.

Sounds like what happened when I tried to impersonate Chewbacca. I can definitely do a decent Meatwad, but only for certain phrases and vocal ranges... Arise chicken!
posted by knave at 6:49 PM on July 14, 2009


Hand downs...the best...contest OV.
posted by shockingbluamp at 6:51 PM on July 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


I hope the aliens don't find this when evaluating our civilization.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 7:00 PM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


I thought Jay Mohr was the established Walken King.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:04 PM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Greg Nog: That's what these guys do.

I once did a really good Walken impression completely by accident. I was just telling a story about something that happened to me, and the guy I was talking to asked me why I was doing a Christopher Walken impression. I didn't even realise I was doing it!
posted by Stove at 7:10 PM on July 14, 2009


Yeah I'd take either Jay Mohr or Kevin Pollack over Spacey.
posted by Roman Graves at 7:11 PM on July 14, 2009


Just walk without rhythm so you wont attract the worm
posted by eriko at 7:12 PM on July 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


This kid is adorable! I can watch him talk about Christopher Walken all say.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:47 PM on July 14, 2009


I almost bailed at the geek impression, which made Jerry Lewis look good, but I guess that was intentional. He turns out to really think technically about his accents.

It was disconcerting how his speaking voice slipped back and forth between various levels of Walken, New Yawk, and RP. And as he stated he was going for verisimilitude, not the "overexaggeration" that makes for a good parody.
posted by dhartung at 7:54 PM on July 14, 2009


Okay, that was pretty awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 7:56 PM on July 14, 2009


Can an aspie have that kind of voice range/control? (NOT ASPIEIST)
posted by i less than three nsima at 7:57 PM on July 14, 2009


Guess what everyone; my actual voice is a Christopher Walken impression. It isn't dead on or anything. If I was trying to do a Christopher Walken impression it wouldn't be very good. But my normal speaking voice is remarkably similar to Christopher Walken's voice. There's also some Shatner in there too. I think a lot of it comes down to how I manage pauses. When I don't know what to say instead of using filler words I pause to search for the perfect diction choice. It's so pronounced that when I'm on a job interview I use a voice that is a lot like a newscaster or, more accurately, a black comedian doing an impersonation of a white person.

A while ago there was a thread on how Jake Fogelnest put his telephone number online I called him and he thought it was a prank call and he twittered about the call.

The thing is, I can't even do a good impression of Walken if I try. It is just more or less my voice and me saying "I'm Christopher Walken, I was in the Deer Hunter."
posted by I Foody at 8:00 PM on July 14, 2009 [6 favorites]


Just eat a lot. Of peanut butter. Make sure your tongue. Sticks to the bottom. Of your mouth! And then! You'll sound like. Christopher Walken.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:00 PM on July 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


The Walken was cool, but my main reaction was to the video itself. If society is going to have have access to low cost video equipment and a plethora of one-to-many distribution networks, then basic video editing skills should be a course requirement in our schools.
posted by billyfleetwood at 12:28 AM on July 15, 2009


"I always knew, it was gonna be the ferns."

"Winston Churchill once said, 'the eyes, are the windows, of your face.'"
posted by Pronoiac at 1:03 AM on July 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


That guy was great. Reminds me of the time...I shot a. Man. In Reno. Just to...watch him die. And now. Every time I...hear that whistle. I. Hang my head. And...cry.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:55 AM on July 15, 2009


What I love about the Christopher Walken impressions is that they're all an impression of an impression. He doesn't actually talk like anybody in any of the impressions.

What I love more, is that the very best Christopher Walken impression is done by Christopher Walken: Christopher Walken's Three Little Pigs
posted by 13twelve at 6:13 AM on July 15, 2009


Christopher Walken doing William Shatner doing Meatwad. Go!
posted by ostranenie at 9:50 AM on July 15, 2009


Kevin Pollak did Walken telling the joke in The Aristocrats. Best thing in the movie.
posted by joaquim at 12:15 PM on July 15, 2009


There's a convention arising here to use italics for Walken's signature accented words. It's perfect. The man actually speaks in italics.

From now on, I will read text with multiple italicized words in his voice.
posted by CaseyB at 1:40 PM on July 15, 2009


Kevin Pollak did Walken telling the joke in The Aristocrats. Best thing in the movie.

No, that would be Bob Saget's.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 4:31 PM on July 15, 2009


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