Ricky Gervais’ lightning-round of celebrity “impressions” from last night’s The Tonight With Jimmy Fallon on NBC was closing in on 30,000 Youtube views this morning, even though the impersonations aren’t exactly what you’d call spot-on. Proclaiming his “brilliant” gift for mimicry, Gervais told Fallon that he “can’t be bothered” to change his accent from movie to movie, but that such reluctance surely wasn’t for lack of talent. Fallon then challenged Gervais, who complied by offering up one celebrity catchphrase after another – Robert De Niro (“You lookin’ at me?”), Arnold Schwarzenegger (“I’ll be back”), Bill Clinton (best left unrepeated…).
Pretty amazing, right? Nah. Every impression was done with the same sort of high-pitched, British twit voice straight from the Monty Python grab-bag. As an impressionist, Gervais is a splendid comedian. Take a look above.