When doctors determined that Sybil housed sixteen different people within her body, she was deemed to be schizophrenic. When the producer of the ABC series "Fridays" discovered that John Roarke hosted more than one hundred characters within his, they catapulted him to national prominence as a series regular on their hit show. Since then, John has been seen and heard on television, in films, on radio, and on stages nationwide. Noted for his ability to transcend the stunningly accurate vocal and physical likenesses of his characters, John is also recognized for his uncanny improvisational skills when he recreates the reactions and responses of the people he portrays in the most extraordinary situations. Johns signature piece features ex-President Reagan bumbling through press conference that would leave even Sam Donaldson speechless.
It is this superb ability that has inspired critics to deem John more than an actor, comedian, or impressionist. Many have referred to him as a performance artist, others simply call him a "total experience."
Last year Sid and Mary Krofft, creator/producers of the renowned political satire puppet program DC Follies, held their own elections and voted John into the most powerful office in the United States – his own, in which he created the essence and voices of Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Oliver North, and Phil Donahue, just to name a few.
When working with shows token human, Fred Willard, John likes to capitalize on their mutual improvisation backgrounds, noting that "often the shows producers let Fred and I throw away the script and ad lib for several scenes. The puppets love me – the writers hate me. Finally, after several successful seasons, Syd and Marty leave the tape rolling while we create, and more often than not, our dialogue and improv make the final cut. Thats a tremendous thrill for me."
It all started when John was a kid growing up in Rhode Island, seeking recognition as a "serious magician". Unable to afford expensive props, he built his own out of cardboard and scotch tape. "Around the fifth show, the tape would give way, collapsing the equipment and revealing all my secrets. Just when I thought the jig was up, I found people laughing hysterically, so I decided to go with it, as if it was supposed to happen. In the end, my show was a huge success, and most important, I developed my love for working to and with a live audience."
John began creating impressions in the forth grade. "The comedy album entitled The First Family had been released. I listened to it every day for one year, during which I looked at the pictures on the back of the album, which featured the actors in front of their mikes recording it. I just knew I was going to have the same opportunity same day, and now I live that very scene every time we record an episode of DC Follies."