Justin Rupple

Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Tell us a little about yourself in a few sentences: I graduated from Washington State University and started using my degree editing highlights for the Seattle Seahawks at the ESPN radio. I started my comedy career in 2006 at Giggles in Seattle. I met my wife there at a show in 2007. She lived a few blocks away and I never met her for 25 years -- even though we worked next door to one another in neighboring establishments. After hosting and opening The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue, WA for two years I moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue my career.

What drew you to doing impressions? When I was a kid, my mother used to let me watch stand-up comedians if I was good. To make her laugh, I would memorize their act and repeat it back to her in their voice. Making her laugh was my favorite thing to do so I quickly got good at every comedian’s jokes so I could keep the laughs coming.

Who was your comedic inspiration? When I was 13, everything turned around. I saw the movie The Mask with Jim Carrey and Richard Jeni. Those two would make up the combination of people that make up my style of comedy. I also saw Wayne's World 2 that year. I memorized every line from that film, doing impressions of every single character. You never realize until later how important your teen years are in influencing who you will be for the rest of your life.

Why do you think you’ll be America’s favorite impressionist? A lot of people are great at mimicking the voice of a particular person. I put a lot of effort into becoming the person I'm impersonating. Everything from their facial expression to the way they walk to the way they move their hands. Knowing the amount of talented people Dana Carvey and his team selected for this show, I will need every bit of my energy and commitment to keep up with these comedians.

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