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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.
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.
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.
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).
Brilliant impressions by ace mimics Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott on Channel 4's passable new comedy offering Very Important People.
More hits than misses at Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott's new C4 impressions show Very Important People.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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