Regular on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon got his start at SCCC


Former SCCC drama student Dion Flynn gets laughs portraying President Barack Obama opposite Jimmy Fallon's Mitt Romney during Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Dion got his start in drama at SCCC. He was actually a music major at the College in the early 1990s when Drama Professor Sandy Boynton heard him imitating Louis Armstrong and then switching to a cockney accent. She told him, "Kid, you have a hell of an ear." He said that affirmation made him seriously consider acting as a career.

He changed his major at SCCC to drama, went on to earn degrees from the University at Albany and NYU and is now enjoying a lot of success. He's gained a lot of exposure from his appearances on Fallon's show, most notably as President Obama. His impression is spot on and even has the stamp of approval from Fred Armisen, who played President Obama for years on Saturday Night Live. Dion and Jimmy Fallon are old friends from when both lived in the Capital Region in the 90s. (Fallon was a student at the College of Saint Rose.)

Before appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Dion was on The Big Gay Sketch Show for three seasons and VH-1's Best Week Ever. He was also in Shakespeare in the Park's The Taming of the Shrew with Alison Janney and the Public Theater's Hamlet with Liev Schrieber.

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