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  The Guys Who Gave Us Rock!
       Starring 100 Voices of Skip Griparis


Laugh, Learn & Rock with this multi-talented powerhouse, through the fun, dynamic evolution of the 40's/50's60's!

You'll look twice to make sure it's Skip & not Muddy Waters, Les Paul & Mary Ford, the Platters, Little Richard, Buddy Holly,
Elvis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Valli, Roy Orbison,
the Beach Boys, Beatles & Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Who and so many more!

Audience quotes:  "Side-splittingly funny…

Virtuoso vocals…Amazing time capsule...

Fabulous guitar playing...Great stories… 

Enthralling vocal impressions...

Awesome energy & passion…

We were rocking in our seats!"


Downloadable one-sheet for The Guys Who Gave Us Rock!
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Comic
 
 Impressionist


An extraordinary comedic and musical stage show, featuring satirical impressions of dozens of stars – from Frank Sinatra, to Buddy Holly, to David Copperfield, to Robert Deniro, to Sylvester  Stallone, to Prince, to Dave Mathews, to James Taylor, to Kermit the Frog! 


Skip has headlined many major comedy clubs, from Dangerfield’s in New York to the Ice House in Los Angeles.  In his home town of Chicago, he headlined the premier club, ZANIES, for four consecutive weeks, a run unmatched in the club’s history. 


 



 

The New Colony Six   After the Chicago-area native released his first album on Mercury Records as a member of Trilogy, Skip became the new lead singer and guitarist for MCA recording artists the New Colony SixSkip wrote and sang the group's final two singles, including Someone Sometime.   






Olivia Newton-John   In 1975, Skip was recruited to sing and play in the Olivia Newton-John band at the height of her world stardom.  For four years, Skip toured with Olivia in a wide range of exciting venues, including the Bu-Do Kan in Tokyo, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.


             

 

Major League   Skip’s film, TV and theater appearances include Monte the Colorman alongside Bob Uecker in the blockbuster hit movies Major League I and II, a comic role praised by the late great film critic, Roger Ebert.  

 

 


SKIP HAS APPEARED WITH:

Tim Allen
Count Basie
The Beach Boys
Joy Behar
Lewis Black
The Byrds
Glen Campbell
Johnny Carson
Dana Carvey
The Cryin' Shames
Rodney Dangerfield
Dion DiMucci
Frank D'Rone
Jeff Dunham
Nora Dunn
Jeff Foxworthy
Peter Frampton
The Four Tops
Jeff Garlin
David Gates of Bread
Gilbert Gottfried
                    The Guess Who 
Chelsea Handler
David Janssen
Billy Joel
Chaka Khan
Abe Laboriel
Jay Leno
Richard Lewis
Little Richard
Patty Loveless
Maureen McGovern
Barbara Mandrell
The Manhattan Transfer
Jackie Mason
Marilyn McCoo &
    Billy Davis Jr
Kevin Nealon
The New Colony Six
Olivia Newton-John
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Walter Payton
Jim Peterik/Ides of March
Emo Phillips
Jerry Reed
Brian Regan 
Ronnie Rice
Buddy Rich
Don Rickles
Judy Roberts
Kenny Rogers
Rick Ruskin
Bob Saget
Sam and Dave
Jerry Seinfeld
Doc Severinsen
Frank Sinatra
The Smothers Brothers
John Stamos
Styx
Johnny Tillotson
John Travolta
Bob Uecker
Dionne Warwick
Robin Williams
Lisa Zane



REVIEWS


"MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES WERE ENTHRALLED BY SKIP'S INCREDIBLE VOICE AND IMPRESSIONS!  (The Guys Who Gave Us Rock!)  THEY LAUGHED, GROOVED AND CLAPPED ALONG .  WHEN SKIP FINISHED, IT FELT LIKE ONLY 20 MINUTES PASSED!"      Maggie Sillar   Marketing and Communtications Liason, 

         Joliet Public Library


"A FAST-MOVING, ENTERTAINING, WITTY, GREAT ROCK HISTORY!  (The Guys Who  Gave Us Rock!)     A DON'T-MISS,  ALL-AGES SHOW!           Harvey Huckstep   Blues Hall of Fame


"SKIP HIT THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK!"  (The Guys Who Gave Us Rock!)  "GREAT STORIES AND AMAZING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE!"        Bob Zak   The River 95.9 FM


"BEST COMEDIAN"

                                            Nomination, 2014 Chicago Music Awards


“A GIFTED SINGER AND GREAT PICKER”

                                            Josh Dunson   Chicago Magazine


ZIZZLES WITH ELECTRICITY...ZIP’S WITH ENERGY”              

                                 Sherrie Miller   Chicago Life


“SKIP BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE PLACE!”

                                 Rodney Dangerfield   Comic Legend


“UNIQUE COMEDY/MUSIC/THEATER BREW…A CAN’T MISS SHOW…REMARKABLE… 

  SPECTACULARLY  AMUSING”        Rick Kogan   Chicago Tribune


“THE WIDEST VOCAL RANGE I’VE EVER HEARD”

                                            Judy Roberts   Leading Jazz Singer/Pianist


 “A HOST OF UNCANNY FACIAL AND VOCAL IMPRESSIONS”    

                                            Rick Reger   Chicago Tribune


“THE BEST THING ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE II  IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOB UECKER AND SKIP GRIPARIS”                                                Roger Ebert   Siskel and Ebert  

  

“EXCELLENT SINGING VOICE”

                                Kimberly Link   Star Newspapers


“A STANDOUT GUITARIST”

                                Handford Searl   Billboard Magazine


“STRONG WRITING TALENT...FINELY POLISHED SATIRE...A MAGICAL MIX OF MUSIC AND MIRTH”          

                                 Greg Bailey   Nashville Banner


“INSPIRING”                  Corrine Reynolds    Lakeland Press

   

“They gave Mr. Griparis a standing ovation––a first at the (Liesler & Berman) law firm’s annual event!”         

                                         Julie Johnsson   Crain’s Chicago Business


“Skip’s act was so effervescent, funny and awe-inspiring,

                        my attendees will be talking about the 2009 meeting for years to come.”                           

                 Trish Keppler   Fernley & Fernley


“Fantastic show—you are so talented—tremendously entertaining, fun and high-energy!”           

                                        Dave Mahon    Advanced Surgical Associates


“I have already received five emails or calls from residents stating how much they loved the concert (I don't usually get this much feedback!).”     Cathy Reese    Resident Services Director The Holmstad, Batavia, IL


“Skip Was the best—he amazed from young to old alike! Everyone forgot their problems––a once-in-a-lifetime show!”                                                    Linda Carroll   Portland Federal Credit Union


"Thanks again for performing at the Police Chiefs Association of Will County Administration Professionals Day! You were awesome, and I received several positive texts/e-mails about your performance!"

                                  Jeff Wold   Shannahon, IL Police Chief