It’s Uncanny! It’s blowing my mind! It’s really hard to do a show with 1965 John Lennon Here!
- Conan O’Brien
- As seen on The Conan Show
"When [Lenn] strolled the streets of Ventura, traffic stopped."
- Ivor Davis, The Beatles’ Exclusive Tour Reporter, 1964-66
”It's great to have you back, John!"Conan O'BrianAs Seen On The Conan Show
Every Thursday evening for seven years, actor-comedian-musician Lenn Johnston has hosted the eclectic, humourous and informative Retro-Rock radio show Lenn Johnston’s Parallel Universe. Like John Lennon, he disassembles language and popular narratives as preferred escapes from the humdrum. Also like John, he’s a visual artist, and has a degree in design. His early comedy-improve performances with the famed Second City and Los Angeles New Barbarians led to numerous live stage and video productions as well as corporate appearances.
Lenn gives tribute to John Lennon with his CD Village Idiom: original songs, poems, stories and illustrations capturing the irreverent, absurd, and witty spirit of John Lennon. With bandmates and solo, he performs the Beatles/Lennon repertoire and original Lennonesque poems. Among his memorable appearances was a Malibu benefit that included REO Speedwagon, Ambrosia, and Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron.
In Lenn’s 2016 appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Conan composed on the spot a song, “Time-Traveling John Lennon,” and exclaimed, “It’s uncanny! It’s blowing my mind. It’s really hard to do a show with 1965 John Lennon here!”Years earlier, Dave Mason, host of the San Diego Beatles Radio Show, marveled, “…If channeling is real, [he] WAS John Lennon…He had the look, the mannerisms. Everyone was amazed, to say the least!”Per online music magazine EarCandy, Lenn “perfectly evokes both the spirit and imagery of John Lennon in one of the most original and effective tributes ever heard (and seen).” Alan Merrill of The Arrows (I Love Rock N’ Roll) raved, “Lenn does the best John Lennon impression I’ve ever seen. It’s truly amazing.”And David Peel, John Lennon’s closest NYC friend, remarked about Lenn, “Here’s somebody who’s actually giving back [to John Lennon]…”
Lenn has been featured on Good Day LA, NPR, CNN, FOX, BBC-Granada, BayTV- Liverpool, TV1-NYC, NBC’s It’s Worth What, Atlas TV–Spain, Beatle Brunch Radio–San Diego, Breakfast with the Beatles–Los Angeles, NYC’s Further Down The Rabbit Hole with Paula Gloria, MTV; and in print in Contact Music – a Japanese Magazine-book, MOOK – and in Paris Match.
Since the re-popularization of naughty people destroying the world, Lenn has appeared as an Evolutionary, encouraging people to out-clever the Neo-Conundrums with Love, Hope and Humor. His goal? To bring mirth to Earth and heal these troubled times with humor.
What People Are Saying:
”In capturing John Lennon’s essence, it feels as if [he] has downloaded him. There is no one in the world who brings John Lennon to life like he does.Sebastian St. GeorgeLos Angeles Producer
”“Your look and sound of John is just remarkable. The best I'm sure I'll ever see.”Annette PoirierRhode Island
”… If channeling is real, he WAS John Lennon ... he had the look, the mannerisms, and everyone was amazed, to say the least!"Dave MasonHost of The Beatles Radio Show on 101.5 KGB San Diego
”"He perfectly evokes both the spirit and imagery of John Lennon in one of the most original and effective tributes that I have ever heard and seen … simply amazing."Ronnie DannelleyEditor, EAR CANDY Magazine
”“The more you see and hear him, the more you believe.”Wayne Proctor"We the People", premiere ‘60s psychedelic rock band
”"I have listened to and auditioned all the top John Lennon’s in the world. You, Lenn, are by far the closest in vocal accuracy of anyone"Ralf René MauéGerman Songwriter-Producer and Musician]
”"“You should have been on the TV Show Vinyl John Lennon clip. Nobody does it better.”Alan MerrillThe Arrows, writer of song I Love Rock n’ Roll
”“When [he] strolled the streets of Ventura, traffic stopped.”Ivor DavisThe Beatles’ Exclusive Tour Reporter, 1964-66
”"This is what I am talking about, here’s somebody [Lenn] who’s actually giving back to John Lennon instead of sucking off of his fame like all the other tribute guys."David Peel [John Lennon’s closest friend in NY]Showing Lenn’s CD to his entourage.