Phoenix radio personality Ben Campbell will be the voice of President Barack Obama on a hit CBS comedy Thursday night. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Most people know Ben Campbell as half of the KNIX-FM radio duo Ben and Matt in the morning. But Thursday night they will know him as Mr. President.
That's because Campbell was cast to voice President Barack Obama in Thursday's episode of the CBS comedy The Millers.
If you look at Campbell, you don't immediately see President Obama, but if you close your eyes, you would swear you were in front of the commander and chief.
Campbell 's impersonation of the president is so spot on that producers cast him to voice the role on the show. And the current president isn't his only impression.
Campbell can impersonate George W. Bush, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, sports star Charles Barkley, even the Valley's most visible realtor, Russell Shaw.
Campbell discovered his talent for impersonations as a young child alone in his room. He said he first started imitating the neighborhood kids and teachers and graduated to TV characters like Archie and Edith Bunker from the TV comedy classic All in the Family.
Campbell said has even had the chance to do his famous impression for First Lady Michelle Obama.
Campbell was asked to speak to her as her husband during a radio interview and she gave her seal of approval.
Even the star of The Millers, Will Arnett, asked Campbell to do him a huge favor. Campbell recorded the outgoing message for Arnett's cell phone as the president.
As for future TV roles, Campbell said he hopes people will hear his impersonation and that it will lead to more work in television.
And perhaps in his next role, viewers will get to see him as well as hear him.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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