A bloke who’s just not himself on the stage
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