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Brilliantly gifted mimic and improviser, fiercely intelligent and knowledgeable, John Sessions has also become an actor of great range and depth.
Sessions made his name dealing in the surreal monologues which are even now his touchstones.
He became almost legendary through Whose Line Is It Anyway, fusing his great knowledge, abilities with voices, and instant characterization; he seemed almost to become the characters he was impersonating, inhabit them in a way none of the other contestants could match – a talent he demonstrates constantly even now.
The national fame Sessions had during the Whose Line years has faded – his two solo series, John Sessions' Tall Tales and John Sessions Likely Stories, were unstructured for a punchline-hungry audience.
He has however become a better actor than he was before, particularly in lending dignity and wit to the otherwise worthless Judge John Deed, roles in Shakespeare on film including that of Salerio in Al Pacino's Merchant of Venice, and most spectacularly as Dr Prunesquallor in the BBC's Gormenghast.
Sessions is now a regular on the quiz show circuit, with regular appearances on Have I Got News For You, as well as giving Mr S. Fry a run for his money as 'brainbox in chief' on QI.
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