Note: This post is not about movies, but about someone very funny and extremely talented at doing one thing. I think there should be a short documentary made about this man… so there’s my connection to movies. Thank you.
Durwood Fincher is very good at talking to people without saying anything. It’s a great talent that some of us wish we could do as well as him. It’s a skill he has worked on for years and available for hire all year round. His act can’t be described as well as it can be experienced by watching one his many clips online. This first video is just a running reel showing what his act is all about… stop anytime to watch the other videos below…
I was a victim of Durwood’s act a few years ago. I was working as a Production Manager at a corporate meeting and we had hired him to perform. When I met him, I was not aware of his act yet as it was being kept a secret. The day before his performance I ran into him and he started talking to me… he pulled his “act” on me and I was confused and the moment was awkward. He succeeded. As it was happening, I wanted to agree with what I thought he was saying, while afraid to ask him to repeat himself. I would understand the first part of the sentence and then hear a bunch of sounds that resemble words… which I just associated with his thick accent, which was also part of the act.
This clip looks exactly like the shoot we had to deal with. The plant in the background was part of the production. He would incorporate it into the performance. During our production, I spent 4 hours trying to locate two trees just like that one in NYC, but I only needed it for 5 hours at most and couldn’t keep them – so I rented the plants from a store!
Finally, here’s a clip of Durwood Fincher on national TV when he appeared on “Live with Regis & Kelly” and was hired to pull his prank on Kelly Ripa. This specific clip that I found online appears to be from an episode of “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes” which makes posting this clip even better! Dick Clark was the host of the clip show and gives play-by-play commentary as we watch the prank. It’s a little annoying at first, but you have to try to appreciate the “old-school” style of longtime broadcaster Dick Clark. Plus, this appearance of Clark is from several years before his stroke, so we get a flashback to what he used to sound like.
Durwood Fincher on “Live with Regis & Kelly”
More information on Durwood Fincher at his website: http://www.doubletalk.com
Written by Ben Churchill