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Actor has mastered dozens of hilarious impressions through what she calls 'mouth acting'
via @mare_kell / TikTok

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Mary Elizabeth Kelly has earned over 14 million views on TikTok for mastering over a dozen impersonations of popular actors and actresses by figuring out their mouth movements. She calls this form of impersonating people "mouth acting."

Kelly is an actress who's appeared on "Master of None" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

It all started when she was watching "Pirates of the Caribbean."

"I'm a huge film and TV watcher and am always drawn to the mouth movements and idiosyncrasies of actors for my own study and for fun," she told the Shropshire Star. "I think I was watching 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' and noticed Johnny Depp's mouth movements were so much a part of his performance and after that I started noticing it in other actors and made a list.

"I love impersonating other actors and doing accents and such, so I thought it'd be fun to show all the actors who act with their mouths!" she added.

This led to a video of her mouth acting Jennifer Coolidge, Emma Stone, and Drew Barrymore that received over 1.2 million plays on Twitter.

What it would look like if Jennifer Garner, Nicole Kidman, and Mark Ruffalo were stuck in traffic?


@mare_kell

celebrities stuck in traffic 🚗 #impressions #celebrity #mouthacting #foryou #acting #comedy #celebs #SyncYourMiO #car #traffic


What would happen if Winona Ryder, Emma Stone, and Mandy Moore starred in their own cooking shows?


@mare_kell

if these celebs had instagram cooking shows 😂 #impressions #mouthacting #comedy #cooking #celebrity #famous #foryou #foryoupage #fypシ


On "Star Wars" Day she ran through a list of characters from the films and proved she does a seriously funny Mark Hamill.


@mare_kell

the 👄 acting of STAR WARS #starwars #maythe4thbewithyou #foryou #impressions #comedy #mouthacting #IFeelWeightless #ChipsGotTalent


What do your favorite stars look like ordering coffee?


@mare_kell

Celebrity Coffee Orders (inspired by @matturday.night.live!) #fyp #impressions #snl #funny #mouthacting #comedy #ShowerWithMoxie #EnvisionGreatness


Before she made a name for herself through mouth acting, she did a video showing her amazing ability to do accents.


@mare_kell

POV: we’re in a bar and you make the mistake of asking me where i’m from. ya never know what’ll come out! #fyp #EmilyinParis #accentchallenge #accent




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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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