Alex Jones: Master impressionist

March 11, 2017, 9:57am

Welcome to the third installment of our four-part Alex Jones master class. Watch Part 1 here and part 2 here.

For anyone unfamiliar with the far-right radio personality and Infowars founder, Jones has claimed that 9/11 and the Sandy Hook massacre were inside jobs, that Obama wore a secret Muslim ring, and that juice boxes turn children into homosexuals. He also happens to have the ear of the president of the United States of America.

In this series, however, we won’t be examining Jones’ political beliefs. Rather, we’ll be looking at the gravel-voiced Texan’s other most notable quality: his flair for theatrics. In addition to bringing attention to the so-called “Globalists,” a vague and shadowy cabal Jones believes is planning to annihilate humanity, he embraces his role as an entertainer with a finely tuned comic sensibility. Perhaps his favorite satiric tool is as old as the art form itself –the impression.

In his impressions, Jones takes on an eclectic group of public figures, including Bernie Sanders, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Maddow, and William F. Buckley. While many a stand-up has made a career out of impressions, Jones takes a different tactic, often impersonating the “spirit” of his targets instead of their actual mannerisms. But don’t worry if you have trouble figuring out who’s being mocked, Jones always lets his audience know who he’s impersonating.