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"Not many women are prepared to make themselves unattractive just to get a laugh". Luckily, she will do anything for a giggle - which is probably why her biting new TV impressions show, Very Important People, is such a hit.

Written by Louise Gannon. Mail Online, 9th June 2012

Impressionists Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott are so talented that their middling material is compensated for by the sheer pleasure of watching them work. The show sets itself up as a satire of celebrity culture but it's a weak one at that. Instead, simply sit back and enjoy Robinson and Mynott's considerable skill at mimicry. Highlights include The Only Way is Essex airhead Amy Childs presenting the news.

Toby Dantzic, The Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2012

Comedians Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott have revived TV impressionism - and they have no shortage of ridiculous celebrities to send up.

Written by Laura Barton. The Guardian, 22nd May 2012

With Rory Bremner no longer a regular presence on our screens, and the likes of Jon Culshaw, Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona failing to deliver much bite, there was a definite gap in the market for a risk-taking, quick-witted impressions show - until about three weeks ago, when this excellent series abruptly filled it. It showcases a handful of enjoyably sharp sketches lampooning the likes of Bear Grylls, Simon Cowell, the Gallagher brothers, Fearne Cotton and Amy Childs. Particular highlights are Brian Cox admitting that he buys his vintage leather jackets from Urban Outfitters, and Adele singing her drinks order to a barman in a pub.

Pete Naughton, The Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2012

The impressions show with Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott continues. The mimicry is good, especially Mynott's, but what they've found to say about their targets is disappointingly bland. Russell Brand talks like this. Natalie Cassidy's a bit dumpy. It's not enough. And there's got to be a less clunky way of introducing impressions than: "I'm Gordon Ramsay." We know. And if we can't tell, don't do the impression. Like so much that has gone before, VIP falls into the "sometimes clever but not that funny" category.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 11th May 2012

Celebrities rather than leaders are the butt of today's mimics, says Gerard Gilbert.

Written by Gerard Gilbert. The Independent, 1st May 2012

None of the celebs who feature in new Channel 4 show Very Important People has failed to see the funny side of being mocked.

The Sun, 30th April 2012

This new impressionism show started on Channel 4 this week as part of a big comedy line up on the channel (along with 8 Out of 10 Cats, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and Stand Up For the Week).

It features Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott impersonating a certain range of people. In this first episode there's heavyweight political figures but instead that particular class of usually pointless celebrity - the likes of Gordon Ramsey, Amy Childs and Danny Dyer.

Now for me impressionism usually has one big problem, which is trying to get the performer to look like the person they are pretending to be as well as getting to sound like them. That's why I think the best impressionism shows are Spitting Image and the radio version of Dead Ringers, because in both shows you don't see the performers, only the image in your head, or the rubbery visage.

In terms of this show, I'm not the best to judge the quality of the impressions, although that's because I tend not to watch most of the shows that those particular people perform in. I've never watched The Voice or Embarrassing Bodies, so I don't really know what Jessie J or Dr. Christian Jessen sound like.

However, in terms of the ideas that were generated, I found them to be good. I liked the sketch in which David Attenborough was observing Frankie Boyle in his natural habitat, and Fearne Cotton's children's game show in which kids try to act like celebrities.

If I were to be more critical I'd say that the satire isn't as hard hitting as it could be. It's not as vicious as Spitting Image was, so it's more akin to Dead Ringers in that respect. But still, it's a decent enough programme and should do well in my opinion...

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 30th April 2012

Brilliant impressions by ace mimics Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott on Channel 4's passable new comedy offering Very Important People.

But the dazzling duo's alleged all-out attack on celebrity culture was about as hard hitting as Daybreak.

Therefore, it wasn't very funny.

How mortified must Gordon Ramsay be that Terry has noticed he swears a lot? Wow!

And Danny Dyer will be reeling after Morgana depicted him as a bit of a Cockney. Who knew?

Why spoil Mr Mynott's seamless Bear Grylls with far-fetched tosh about him doing a George Michael in the Gents? Hee hee.

What VIP needs to do is hit 'em where it hurts. Below the hypocrisy belt.

Eg... Gord Almighty pretending he was a crack-spear fisherman when he couldn't catch a cold.

Or born contriver Grylls tucked up in a warm hotel when he was supposed to be braving the harsh conditions of the wilderness.

In fairness... don't suppose Frankie Boyle enjoyed being portrayed as a nasty little troll. And Jonathan Woss's ongoing midlife "kwisis" showed potential.

Go for jugular. Simply copying self-satisfied stars is pointless...

Kevin O'Sullivan, The Sunday Mirror, 29th April 2012

More hits than misses at Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott's new C4 impressions show Very Important People.

Adele struggling to order a round of drinks and Danny Dyer's Britain's Hardest Commute were both brilliantly done. But the merciless dissection of Frankie Boyle's shock tactics was the highlight: 'Every night Frankie checks the news to see if a child has been murdered.'

Way to go, VIP. Keep it unfriendly.

Ian Hyland, The Daily Mail, 28th April 2012

For a first episode, I've seen far worse. The impressions were mostly very good, occasionally exceptional, with only a few outright duds.

Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 28th April 2012

What Very Important People lacks is a cutting edge and its attempts to truly parody celebrity culture unfortunately falls flat.

Written by George Zielinski. The Comedy Journal, 28th April 2012

I'm rather obsessed with Very Important People, the latest work from Morgana Robinson, Terry Mynott and Matt Morgan. I just love this show; the mimics are good and the material strong.

Written by Grace Dent. The Independent, 28th April 2012

Very Important People saw some uncanny impressions from Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, but the duo often fell into the trap of trying to 'do' celebrities just because they were Very Important, even if they couldn't impersonate them very well.

Written by Rachel Tarley. Metro, 28th April 2012

Channel 4 has launched a Facebook app - VIP Me - to promote its new celebrity impression show Very Important People. The augmented reality app transforms users into a celebrity of their choice.

Televisual, 27th April 2012

The end product is still lumbered with the same weaknesses as The Morgana Show. While it's funny in places, at times it's also derivative and so hit and miss that my star-rating changed about a dozen times as I watched the episode.

Written by Sean Marland. On the Box, 27th April 2012

As Mitchell & Webb once pointed out, it's in the nature of the sketch show to be patchy. And this new C4 offering combining sketches with impressions maintains that archetype. Starring Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, Very Important People mostly trains its sights on the banalities of celebrity culture. It's a risky strategy; these are the softest of targets - is it necessary to take the piss out of Amy Childs and Joe Swash when they're already giving it away by the bucketload? Still, VIP does hit the mark often enough to suggest that these are talented performers, even if their material needs to challenge them more. Brian Cox is good-naturedly skewered for his vanity - gazing at stars, boasting about his jacket and bullying his hapless cameraman along the way. And the sketch in which Frankie Boyle is observed in his natural habitat (the book signing, searching for news of murdered children on the internet) by David Attenborough at least has the advantage of feeling like a hunt for some bigger game. Far from perfect, but worth keeping an eye on.

Phil Harrison, Time Out, 27th April 2012

You can't help being trepidatious about this new impressions show. It's focused on the trashier end of celebrity, it stars Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, who received mixed reviews for The Morgana Show, and the fact that it's a new impressions show is worrying in itself.

Much of Very Important People is indeed cheap and derivative, leaning heavily on gaps filled with swearing and, in the case of doing Brian Cox as a preening fop, jokes that were dead and gone 12 months ago. But I must admit that Robinson's takes on Frankie Boyle, Danny Dyer and Natalie Cassidy had me spluttering merrily.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 27th April 2012

The showpiece of Channel 4's new Friday night comedy line-up is a brand new impressions show.

Morgana Robinson appears with one of her co-stars from The Morgana Show, Terry Mynott - a comedy actor so unfamous he doesn't even have his own Wikipedia page yet.

But he absolutely steals this first episode with his spot-on take of the BBC's favourite groovy scientist Professor Brian Cox, posing in front of areas of natural beauty wearing high street brands.

It's the voice that makes it so funny - and it's a parody that's cutting but sweetly affectionate too.

I doubt though that Bear Grylls will be as pleased with the job they've done on him as he tries to survive in the suburbs.

Mynott's take on David Attenborough explaining the lifestyle of Frankie Boyle is another zinger.

Behind the rubber masks, it can be hard to tell who's doing who.

Morgana impersonates men too. Her Russell Brand isn't a patch on her Natalie Cassidy, though.

Jane Simon, The Daily Mirror, 27th April 2012

From Spitting Image to Dead Ringers, satirising powerful public figures through mischievous impressions has been a popular shtick among British comedians. But Channel 4's new sardonically named sketch show, led by able newcomers Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, subverts the familiar blueprint. Like Bo Selecta's less surreal cousin, it opts to target C to Z-listers - products of ITV2 celebrity filler, the blogosphere and reality TV.

By design, this is a dangerous game, often relying on an audience obsessed with the kind of inane "celebrity" culture it seeks to send up. So while it's just about possible to relate to a sketch involving ex-EastEnder Natalie Cassidy in a faux reality show called I'm Doing This Now - "just hosing down the bins, really" - a mocked-up musical with Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon falls flat.

Ultimately, it's the humour involving better-known subjects - including uncanny impersonations of Gordon Ramsay and David Attenborough - which keeps Very Important People afloat. It's a brave experiment, taking a deserved swipe at vacuous popular culture norms. But will people see the funny side?

The Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2012

In the 70s, audiences laughed in appreciative recognition as Mike Yarwood impersonated a range of public characters, even including trade union leaders. With latterday cultural fragmentation and the thin spread of increasingly nondescript "celebrities", the job of an impressions show such as this, starring Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, becomes all the harder. It is telling that they often have to announce who it is they're doing. Still, this is as capable as could be expected; in the first episode, Bear Grylls tries out his survival skills in the suburbs, while David Attenborough studies at close hand the remarkable animal that is Frankie Boyle.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 26th April 2012

How will the broadcaster's new impression show compare with the classics of the past - and how will it deal with modern social sensibilities?

Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 26th April 2012

Mimic Morgana Robinson has revealed how she was manhandled by fans - who refused to believe she wasn't a bloke.

Written by Laura Caroe. The Sun, 25th April 2012

Morgana Robinson, a waitress-turned-actress does a very convincing impression of Adele for a 21st-century version of the Eighties satire show Spitting Image.

Written by Dan Wootton. The Daily Mail, 13th April 2012