David Frye

Richard Nixon: A Fantasy

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Comedian David Frye does impersonations of 20 additional celebrities (including convincing impressions of William F. Buckley Jr., Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, and Ted Kennedy) in addition to Richard Nixon on this live record recorded during the height of the Watergate investigation. Gabe Kaplan (star of TV's Welcome Back, Kotter) plays a couple of minor parts but his main contribution is the imaginative skits that he co-wrote with Eric Cohen for this hysterical album. Unfortunately, like Vaughn Meader who preceded him, he became too closely identified with his main subject and when Nixon suddenly resigned as President in August, 1974, Frye's career seemed to collapse overnight and he has not been heard very much since then.