Steff Todd: 'I love doing Kylie Jenner; in a weird way I feel like she's now part of me'
- Brian Donaldson
- 30 July 2019
The impressionist talks about her favourite voices and the other comedians who have influenced her
Having supported Sara Pascoe and Dave Gorman on tour, Steff Todd's profile has been further raised with viral mimicry of reality TV stars. Here she considers the one impression that's hard to pin down.
What do you prefer to be called: impersonator? Impressionist? Mimic? Something else entirely?
Comedian and impressionist. But I don't mind!
What is your first memory of hearing someone impersonate another person?
Growing up I was obsessed with shows such as The Big Impression and The Impressions Show with Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson. I thought they were fascinating.
What was the first impression you ever attempted and what was the reaction to it?
Cheryl, when she was judging on The X Factor: this was before I started doing stand-up. I uploaded the video online and got an awesome reaction. I still include her in my stand-up routine: it's one of my favourites.
What is your own favourite impersonation? And what is the finest impersonation you've ever heard by someone else?
I love doing Kylie Jenner; in a weird way I feel like she's now part of me! I think Debra Stephenson doing Davina McCall is legendary.
What is the one impersonation that you have tried and tried, but just cannot quite get right?
I'm still working on Holly Willoughby. Some do take longer than others but I'm determined to keep going with her!
What do you find harder: nailing an impression or getting the ideal joke to go with that impression?
Always the impression. The joke / material just seems to come when practising. I do think it's important to make it funny but I always stress more about the voice rather than material.
Who is your favourite impersonator working today?
I'd say Al Foran. He's very unique, puts out amazing content and has built up a huge fanbase. He is one to watch.
Steff Todd: Reality Check, Just the Tonic at The Caves, 3–25 Aug (not 12), 2pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.