An impressionist with an eye on the world, Gagnon can slip into Joe Cocker's husky
croon and out again as Dionne Warwick quicker than most performers can take a curtain
call. From Mick Jagger to Vanessa Paradis, Louis Armstrong, Jean Chretien and Fred
Flintstone, his impressions of famous personalities are rapid fire magic. His secret
is an engaging mix of comedy and music.
With material written by his longtime collaborator Stephane Laporte, Gagnon's take
on the "who's who" of the world is funny and full of delicious detail. But in between
the jokes, his amazing voice actually delivers the essence of some great singers.
His new show is a spellbinding cross between comedy act and concert with a cast
Since the international Just for Laugh's Festival in 1985, and his subsequent appearance
with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, Gagnon has become one of Canada's top comedians
- in English and French. A Montreal concert sold 21,000 tickets in a single day;
nearly two million Quebecers tuned in for his first Radio-Canada TV special which
went on to win a Gemeau Award as best comedy TV show of 1993.
A native of Loretteville, Quebec, he's a master of accents, and has given over a
hundred performances in English to nearly a quarter of a million Canadian fans.
His most famous number is a virtuoso performance of all 18 voices in the legendary
famine relief song, We Are the World, which has become Gagnon's classic since he
first sang it on TV for the song's co-writer and composer Lionel Ritchie.
In the Spring of '94, he made a remarkable breakthrough into Europe. In Brussels
and in Paris, he received nightly standing ovations, an honor rarely bestowed by
European audiences. He was such a success that he was invited back to Brussels and
to the prestigious Casino de Paris in early 1995.
In the fall of 1994, after a five year absence from Montreal scene, the Gagnon-Laporte
team took the city by storm with their brand new show. "The most dynamic duo on
the planet" strikes again!
Gagnon has become a veritable globe-trotter around Europe and Canada. His European
tours have audiences feverishly awaiting the arrival of "the world's greatest impressionist."
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