x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Take five... impersonators

As Wang Jackson performs in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, we look at five other interesting impersonators

Imitation: the most sincere form of flattery

Tomorrow, the Chinese Michael Jackson impersonator, Wang Jackson, will perform at Zayed Sports City in a sell-out appearance, his first in the Middle East. Wang, one of the first Jackson impersonators to emerge since the King of Pop's death in 2009, appears to have come from nowhere, having stage-managed a form of media blackout as to his origins. We take a look at other celebrity imitations.

Take Five... Phil Ochs

The US protest singer Phil Ochs appeared while the King was still alive, performing at Carnegie Hall in March 1970 in a gold lamé suit designed by Presley's own costume-maker, Nudie Cohn. Before his death in August 1977, Presley himself anonymously took part in an Elvis impersonation contest, only to finish in third place.

Take Four... Susan Griffiths

Quentin Tarentino was so impressed when he met the Marilyn Monroe look-alike, dubbed by the Los Angeles Times the "number one Marilyn impersonator in the business", that he wrote a new role into the script of Pulp Fiction to accommodate her. She has also appeared in the TV shows Nip/Tuck and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Take Three... The Rutles

Founded by the former Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes, this pastiche of The Beatles started life in a short TV sketch, but went on to tour and release music. They also appeared on Saturday Night Live and starred in a 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash.

Take Two... Steve Bridges

The American impressionist Steve Bridges's appearance alongside George Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association dinner, in which he mimicked the president by acting as his "inner voice", established him as one of America's foremost impressionists.

Take One... Tina Fey

The sketch writer Tina Fey's September 2008 skit sending up the Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the US comedy show Saturday Night Live was an overnight sensation. The spoof became the NBC network's most-watched viral video ever, with 5.7 million viewers in its first week. Fey reprised the role a month later, when she was joined by the real Palin.