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The Audacity Of Silliness: How Imitating The President Saved My Life. | Dion Flynn | TEDxEast
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Added Jul 18, 2016
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One version of President Barak Obama joins us to celebrate silliness on the TEDxEast stage.

Comedian/actor DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 45 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah Magazine as “one of our favorite creative thinkers...” Dion has led workshops in mental agility via improvisation, with clients from Booz Allen Hamilton and Price Waterhouse Coopers to Ecolab and Herman Miller. Dion’s voice-overs and on-camera national commercials include clients like Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Verizon. Dion also makes live Obama appearances all over the world. He served overseas as a soldier and performer in the US Army for 4 years. His theater history includes Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater and The Guthrie. Dion is co-creator of Clanging w/Josh and Dion with How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor and a principal member of NYC’s longest running improv ensemble: Big Black Car.

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