Legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little will return to Southern California with two performances of his popular one-man-show, Laugh A Little. Little will make his debut at the famed Canyon Club on Friday, Nov. 29 and return with a performance at The Saban Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Dubbed “the man of 1000 voices,” Little is best known for his impressions of Richard Nixon, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and a plethora of American icons. He has appeared in countless movies and on countless television programs, including his own “Kopycats” and The Dean Martin Roasts where, more often than not, he impersonated the evening's “roastee.”
Little will perform Laugh A Little on Friday, Nov. 29 at The Canyon Club, located at 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Tickets are $55 and $80 plus tax and applicable fees. Little will return Saturday, Nov. 30 with a performance at The Saban Theatre, located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Tickets are $35, $55, $65 and $100 plus tax and applicable fees. Doors for both shows open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.canyonclub.net and www.sabantheatre.org or by phone at 888-645-5006. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
About Rich Little
U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes and Barack Obama…Rich Little has a voice for every administration. Infamous for his skewering of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, intrigued and gotten the best of politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan’s presidential inaugurations and got to know the Reagan family very well during that time. President Reagan used to tell Little, “You do me better than I do.”
A master mimic of more than 200 voices, Little continues to impress throughout the world, with a constant touring schedule of the United States, Canada and abroad.
A professed classic movie buff, he’s particularly fond of doing Alan Ladd (his childhood hero), Gary Cooper and Clark Gable, but Little has also latched on to Baby Boomer-friendly characters, such as Edith Bunker, Kermit the Frog, Robin Leach and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, among others.
Some of his favorite current impressions are of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Phil, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. “They’re easy to do,” he says. “They are larger than life.”
The son of a doctor in Ottawa, Little started his “career” at the age of 12 when he answered back to his teachers in their own voices. Observing the teachers in action was infinitely more fun than paying attention to class work. To get dates, he’d find out a girl’s favorite actor, and then call her up imitating that actor’s voice. Then when Little showed up, he’d say, “Sorry, Cary [Grant] can’t make it.” This stopped when a girl told him her favorite was Porky Pig.
Appearances on TV variety shows starring Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin followed, as well as on series such as Laugh-In, The John Davidson Summer Show and The Julie Andrews Show. Little also had his own variety show in the 70s and was the star of the TV show KopyKats. Little was a guest host early on for The Tonight Show, hosting 12 times. He quickly became a household name sitting in one of the Hollywood Squares and went on to do the Muppet Show.
In June 1998, Little’s star was added to the Canadian Walk of Fame to go along with his current stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Palms Springs Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame; one of the few, if not the only celebrity to achieve all four. In January 2010, Little became a United States citizen where he can now vote for those politicos who he mimics so well.
Unfortunately, his wife and love Marie, passed away later that year. Little later created the Rich and Marie Foundation, which focuses on helping children, the homeless and animals in need. Rich is also very supportive of Wounded Warriors and causes for the armed services. He proudly has two daughters, Bria and Lindsay, and a beautiful granddaughter, Alaina, who also live in the U.S. although not in Las Vegas where he resides.
Little recently finished a successful run of his one-man show, Jimmy Stewart & Friends, at The LVH Hotel (formerly the Hilton) in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as touring the country at performing arts centers to rave reviews. His self-written comedy play features more than 30 characters, ranging from Johnny Carson to Ronald Reagan. Little plans on taking it to Broadway in the very near future.