A bloke who’s just not him­self on the stage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Moya Stevens

AU­DI­ENCES at a David Mitchell show not only get a good belly laugh from his stand-up rou­tine, but also en­joy a mul­ti­tude of other fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties.

Well known char­ac­ters in David's reper­toire in­clude Mrs Brown, Roy Or­bi­son, Chad Mor­gan, Pavarotti and Frank Spencer – a va­ri­ety and di­ver­sity that has stood David in good stead of a long ca­reer here and over­seas.

Hailed as Aus­tralia’s fore­most im­per­son­ator, David Mitchell has been per­fect­ing his craft for 30 years.

He comes from a long line of ‘silly bug­gers’, as his con­tem­po­raries like to say.

He learned his craft watch­ing the vaudevil­lians of the ’50s and ’60s and al­ways thought this was an art form in which he would ex­cel.

He says he can be any­one at any­time.

“After all these years, I have learned to read the au­di­ence and work out what they would en­joy the most,” David said, “and I can adapt my show to suit – younger artists for a younger crowd or older artists for an older crowd.”

The range of im­per­son­ations is out­stand­ing and it has been said that David’s vo­cal tal­ent is truly amaz­ing. His show even in­cludes a Ja­panese Elvis.

“Al­though it is fun, it is im­por­tant that who­ever I am im- per­son­at­ing, I sound like them be­cause you can have some dyed in the wool fans of that per­son in the au­di­ence and you want to im­press them,” David said.

Some the other ‘per­son­al­i­ties’ who may ap­pear at the show in­clude Tina Turner, Ste­vie Won­der, Tom Jones and Dame Edna.

David said his show in­volves some au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion but stressed that he is not out to em­bar­rass any­one.

“If a per­son comes up on stage, we have a bit of fun and then they have to feel good about them­selves when they got back to their seat,” David said.

“There are no pro­fan­i­ties ei­ther in my show,” he said, “and we are just all out to have a good time on the night.”

David has worked in pubs and clubs around Aus­tralia, the Pa­cific and on cruise ships.

This is the first time David has ap­peared in Port Dou­glas and he is hope­ful it isn’t his last.

“I usu­ally get re­turn gigs booked once I have ap­peared some­where which is great,” he said.

David Mitchell has Roy Or­bi­son in his bag

David Mitchell

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