by Hudson Hornick
Being the somewhat goofy leader of the free world, George W. Bush imitation and ridicule has been ripe for years, but one man’s got it down better than anyone. Steve Bridges began his impersonations at a young age, cutting his teeth on Larry, Moe, and Curly, characters who undoubtedly helped him imitate the commander-in-chief, which he’ll do tonight, August 17, at the Lobero Theatre. Bridges let me deliberate with him a while …
With the president’s support being as polarized as it is, do you ever find it difficult to rise above the political agenda and stay non-partisan? Yeah, it can be tough, but I’ve got a great team and my political agenda is to make people happy, to make them laugh. My comedy writer Jack Mayberry helps me stay on top of current issues and keeps the show dynamic and current.
In the movie Dave, they have a look-a-like fill in for the president at times. Ever get that request? Ha! No, but you’d be surprised. I have a full prosthetic team who helps me get into costume. I did this show for an ambassador and people thought I was him [President Bush]. I mean, people like Congressman Coleman, and Supreme Court Justices, people who know him. They thought I was him.
Do you ever use that to your advantage — maybe get some free stuff, park where you want? No, no. I tend to play it safe. It can be a bit dangerous doing that. I’ve made a great living doing what I love and there’s no reason to rock the boat.