He's worked with the biggest stars. He also impersonates them.

Made to Mimic 

He's worked with the biggest stars. He also impersonates them.

You probably recognize Kevin Pollak as Tom Cruise's mouthy sidekick from A Few Good Men or as a baddie from The Usual Suspects or The Whole Nine Yards. But when he's not on a movie set, the 50-year-old San Francisco native tours the country with his gag bag of celebrity impersonations that he fine-tuned as a kid. "It's just a natural freak gift that came easy," he says. "Ever since I was little, I'd walk out of a movie doing someone from the film. Eventually, my friends in school said, 'That sounds exactly like it.' They said that far too many times, to the point where I thought, 'Hey, I can do this.'" More than two decades after making his onscreen debut in National Lampoon's Hot Flashes, Pollak has put together a new act of spot-on send-ups of Hollywood's leading men, from William Shatner and Christopher Walken to Robert De Niro and Peter Falk. "I realized I had all of these firsthand stories from working with a lot of these people. That's what the act has evolved into: telling real-life stories while doing impressions of the people that I worked with in the past," says Pollak. "I'm not into 'What if Jack Nicholson were a bus boy — it would go something like this.' I'm never a fan of that crap." Showtime is at 8 tonight and 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Hilarities, 2035 East Fourth Street. Tickets are $23 to $30. Call 216-241-7425 or visit www.pickwickandfrolic.com.
Thu., March 20, 8 p.m.; March 21-22, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m., 2008

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