The schoolyard taunt of "copycat" is one of the more serious accusations kids can hurl. But imitation might not just be the highest form of flattery... it might be necessary for our creativity.Read on
to see what's on this all-new (not copied) episode. You can listen to it by clicking the player below; you can also download the podcast here
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Master impressionist Jessica Holmes
comes by to try out her latest impression, wherein she imitates a certain DNTO host...
We all like to think we're terribly original individuals. But in small ways, we all copy someone else from time to time. So Sook-Yin asks: who are you copying?
"Hey, you look exactly like..." You might've heard that before. But Debbie Lee tells us how she took her case of mistaken celebrity identity a bit too far.
Have you ever talked to someone and found your voice... changing? It's not uncommon, especially when we talk to people with accents. So why do we feel compelled to copy an accent? Clare Lawlor looks into it.
Comedian Diana Frances
once told a story to a group of friends that left an impression.
But she didn't realize how strongly it resonated with one of the people in the crowd... She'll tell us how she got copied.
Sook-Yin looks at the curious phenomenon of cryptomnesia (a.k.a. "Danny Partridge Syndrome"), and explains why k.d. lang has a songwriting credit on a Rolling Stone album.Charlie Winston
has a unique musical sound - and look. But he'll tell us about the curious feeling of looking into the audience and seeing people dressed like... Charlie Winston.
So imitation is flattery... but we hate to be copied. Marcus Boon
, author of In Praise of Copying
, looks at our conflicting feelings about copycats.Vik Muniz
has a unique talent for making you look at familiar art in new ways. That's because of the surprising approaches the Brazilian-born artist has taken to reproducing famous works of art: like his two versions of the Mona Lisa
, a la Andy Warhol - one painted with peanut butter, the other with jelly. He also recreated The Last Supper
using Bosco chocolate syrup. But more recently, he's worked on a much larger scale. We'll talk with Vik about making art with garbage, with Brazil's catadores
. (To find out more about this story, visit the website for the documentary about Vik's work, Waste Land
Toronto-based singer Kathy Thompson
is a busy lady - she teaches voice lessons,
she delivers voice and speech seminars, and she performs in musical theatre.But much of the time when she's performing, another name comes to mind: Bette Midler. Not because Kathy IS Bette Midler - well, not really. But she is one of the world's foremost Bette Midler tribute artists. She'll chat with Sook-Yin about the art of the tribute. (Below: Kathy Thompson... or is it Bette Midler?)
Planning a truly original wedding can be hard. So Jenna and Alex Morton copied one - their own. They'll tell us about their wedding... and the copy wedding many years later. (Although if you look closely at the "original wedding" and "copycat wedding" photos below, you may notice a few differences...)
Sometimes, copying is okay... until you get caught. Stephen Thomas tells us what happened when he got busted imitating a friend a little too closely.
(And a web-only bonus: pictured below, Sook-Yin copies her friend Adam. Can you guess which is which?And here's this week's playlist:
- "I Wanna Be Like You"Luke Doucet
- "Lovecats"Land of Talk
- "Cloak and Cipher"k.d. lang
- "Constant Craving"Charlie Winston
- "Like a Hobo" (live in studio)Broken Beats
- "Same Same"Great Outdoors
- "Garbage Man Song"Bette Midler
- "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"Eric Chenaux
- "Mynah Bird"