impressionist Jim Meskimen recites the “Pity the Poor Impressionist” poem in 20 different celebrity voices, with the help of SHAM00K, who uses deepfake tech to change Jim’s face into a specific celebrity. The result is slightly unsettling.
Pity The Poor Impressionist
By Jim Meskimen ©2016
Is anything more sad and lame
contemptible, beneath disdain,
In short, provoking of disgust
then being an impressionist?
A third rate, even fourth-rate skill,
the definition of “cheap thrill”.
Like watching farm equipment rust
is watching an impressionist.
A relic from a distant day
that long since should die away,
dishonorably mentioned is
the pitiful impressionist.
Weird, and somewhat ostentatious
tired debris from old Las Vegas,
whose former fans have all dismissed
allegiance to impressionists.
How many opportunities
passed up and wasted because he’s
Hell-bound to follow what he must?
Pity the poor impressionist.
Doomed to live an abject failure
dogged by his own echolalia.
Better to crumble into dust
then live as an impressionist.
His borrowed voices can’t deflect
a life of well-deserved neglect.
His name’s on simply no one’s lips;
forgotten, vain impressionist.
That sound–did anybody moan?
That creature at the microphone
is last on everybody’s list;
When Peter at that shiny gate
condemns those souls who imitate
he will but shake a heavenly fist
and curse condemned impressionists.
But ’til that time we’ll tolerate
the good for nothing reprobate,
and hide the truth: that we’re just pissed
that WE can’t be impressionists!