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Warning: Some of the in between banter includes a NSFW word or two. 

David Bowie was known as an amazing performer with an ever changing style so it's not too surprising that he was able to nail these impersonations so well.  The story in the description of this video says it all:

The day Bowie was first due to show up at Westside, we were all a bit nervous — Bowie was the biggest star client for Clive and Alan at that point in time. We kept looking out the windows, waiting for a stretch limo to show up and an entire entourage to walk in, but then a black cab showed up and out popped the unaccompanied Bowie. He walked in, announced in what seemed a more cockney voice than I remembered, “Hi, I’m David Bowie,” and shook our hands. He seemed smaller than I imagined he would be in person. A bit later I noticed that the cockney had dissipated somewhat and he also seemed to have grown more upright and taller, too. I thought, “Wow, he really is a chameleon,” and wondered if the earlier exaggerated cockney was his way of reducing his superstar status temporarily to put people at ease on first meeting him.

The impersonations on this YouTube posting were recorded in August '85, when Bowie came in to do the lead vocal. At the end of the session, he broke into the impersonations and I realized that these might get erased at some point, so I quickly put a cassette in and hit “record.” I wish we could hear the other side of the dialogue between Bowie and Clive and Alan, but unfortunately that wasn’t being recorded.
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A musician from Hong Kong, William, has come to realize that he has an uncanny resemblance to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. With the growing infamy of the dictator, everyone is in shock and awe when William hits the street in character.

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It's one thing to impersonate Morgan Freeman. It's entirely different when the impersonation evolves into a string of haikus which seemingly could have been written by the man himself.

[geekosystem]