May 5 2011 by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle
Impressionist who wowed the crowds on Britain's Got Talent has been practicing his impressions at Frodsham Golf Course
GOLFERS in Frodsham have been in hysterics at the holes as one member has been trying out his routine for Britain’s Got Talent.
Millions watched as impressionist Les Gibson, 42, impersonated Ant and Dec and Ross Kemp, wowing the judges and beating the buzzers in the first round of the talent show.
Now the Liverpool impressionist has revealed he has been perfecting his routine on the hills of Frodsham, while enjoying a weekly round of golf with his brother.
Constantly changing his character from Alan Sugar to William Hague, Les told the Chronicle he likes to combine his love of golf with his love of performing: “I play golf about three times a week in Frodsham.
“I do impressions around the course, but I only do it while we are walking, not while we are playing. It would be against etiquette, I think it would put people off.”
Father to Ellie, nine, and stepfather to Danny, 18, Les started doing impressions of his teachers while he was in school, but since then he has toured the country doing stand-up and after dinner speeches.
For 12 years the former joiner has perfected his impressions by listening to tapes and mimicking voices and actions of the rich and famous, but Les says that his audition was his biggest test yet.
“Knowing that there were three buzzers and judges makes you so much more nervous,” he said. “As soon as I walked out I was just hoping that I wouldn’t mess up or get buzzed.
“The Hoff was hilarious, he didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I wondered how the Ant and Dec one would go down, I didn’t know Ant was coming out behind me from the side until I watched it back later.”
Soon Les will be entertaining golfers at the club in a more official manner by performing an evening of special golfing impressions.
“I have performed a couple of times at the members night at the club, it is always a great crowd.
“I will be doing a variety of things, mainly golfers like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
“I like to make people laugh, the only time I get nervous is when I can see people don’t find it funny.”
Les said that he is hoping to do a variety of new impressions for the next stage of the talent show, including Louis Walsh, but is still working on perfecting his version of PM David Cameron.
“I would be the icing on the cake to perform in front of the Queen. I don’t think I would do an impression of her though, I think she would be offended.”
Les will be performing at Frodsham Golf Club on May 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14.95 and a buffet is included. For tickets call 01928 732159.
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