Everyone loves Charles Barkley, so TNT figured the more the merrier.
On Inside the NBA Tuesday night, Barkley was interviewed by Danny Rouhier, a Washington, D.C., sports talk host and comedian who went viral last week for his dead-on impression of the former Sixers star.
Barkley is one of those celebrities who is easy to caricature, so it’s no surprise so many comedians have perfected their own versions of the Hall of Famer. Rouhier may have topped them all with an impersonation so accurate if you close your eyes, you might not know the difference.
“I’ve heard a lot of guys do you. I don’t know if anybody’s been better than that,” TNT host Ernie Johnson said.
Barkley also praised Rouhier’s version, but as if on cue, mispronounced his last name.
“That’s pretty good right there,” Barkley said. “Danny Rootier?”
“Rouhier,” Johnson responded.
Rouhier’s Barkley may have appeared out of nowhere, but the Washington sports talker has been perfecting his impersonation for 17 years. It began as a bit for a radio show in Baltimore with comedian Joe Robinson that featured celebrities reading their own Wikipedia pages.
“They were doing a bit where they would have a pretend celebrity read his own Wikipedia page, and they asked if I could do Charles Barkley,” Rouhier told the Washington Post. “I gave it a shot, and they kind of looked at me like, ‘Oh my God, that’s good.’ “
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