This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with impressionist/comedian Gordie Brown, starring in “Lasting Impressions” at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brown talks about his journey from from Canadian political cartoonist to Las Vegas impressionist-comedian; how the lightbulb went off as he performed as the lead in “West Sidc Story” and he knew he wanted a life as a performer; how the second lightbulb went off, confirming his choice due to a fortuitous encounter with Rich Little; the satisfaction of moving an audience with performance; his most fun impression; and the hardest impression; and why he keeps “Elvis hours.”
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Brown began his career as a political cartoonist before he caught the entertainment bug. He was soon opening in Los Angeles for artists such as Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, Randy Travis, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers ( and even joined Celine Dion on her North American tour “Taking Chances”).
He had his national television debut on A&E’s Evening at the Improv and continued on to co-host NBC’s Friday Night Videos, along with appearances on Hollywood Squares, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.