05-Clients & Venues

I’ve been entertaining professionally since I was a teenager on Guam in 1974, in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977, and full-time since 1982. In that time I’ve worked for just about everybody and just about everywhere in the Bay.  Listed below are those for whom, interesting venues at which, and notable celebrities before whom, I’ve performed.


CORPORATE CLIENTS

ADAPTEC * AEROTHERM * AIRLINE SERVICES UNLIMITED * ALLSTATE * AMERICAN EXPRESS * AMERICAN TRAILS * AP TECH * ARA SERVICES * AT&T * BANK OF AMERICA * BANK OF THE WEST * BANKER’S TRUST * BLUE CROSS * CEMA DISTRIBUTION * CENTURY 21 * CENTURY ANALYSIS * CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS * CHASE BANK * COCA COLA’S “FRUITOPIA” FRUIT BEVERAGES (promotional tour of 1994) * CONVOY TRANS CO * DANFOSS DRIVES * DEAN WITTER REYNOLDS * DEY LABORATORIES * DOW PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES * EDGE DIAGNOSTICS * FIREMAN’S FUND * FLEMING FOODS * FUJITSU MICROELECTRONICS * GENENTECH * GRAHAM DRIVES * H&R BLOCK * HEWLETT PACKARD * I MAGNIN * IBM * IDC–INDUSTRIAL DEVICES CORP * JANDY INDUSTRIES * KAISER PERMANANTE * KMART stores of FOLSOM, PETALUMA, ROHNERT PARK, & WOODLAND * LAUGHLIN, FALBO, LEVY, & MORESI * MACY’S * MANA ALLISON & ASSOC * MASON McDUFFY * MCI * MEDITECH * MERRIL LYNCH * MERVYN’S * NOVAGRADAC & FORTENBACH * OCLI–OPTICAL COATING LAB INC * PACIFIC TELESIS * PAINE WEBBER * PANDESIC * PARKER COMPUMOTOR * PEPSI COLA * PHONIC EAR * PISENTI & BRINKER * PLANT CONSTRUCTION * POLK, SCHEER, & PROBER * PRICE WATERHOUSE * PRUDENTIAL * RUSS BERRIE * SEABURY & SMITH * SERENA SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL * SHELL OIL * SOLA OPTICAL * SONOMA STATE HOSPITAL * STATE FARM * STI–SCIENTIFIC TECCHNOLOGIES INC * SUN MICROSYSTEMS * TICOR TITLE INSURANCE * US SPRINT * VIACOM * VISA * WELLS FARGO BANK * WESTAMERICA BANK * WPI–WORLD PRODUCTS INC * FUJITSU MICROELECTRONICS INC * DANFOSS-GRAHAM DRIVES DIVISION * MEDITECH * WSI-WAFER SCALE INTEGRATION * CHIRON DIAGNOSTICS * IDC-INDUSTRIAL DEVICES CORPORATION * RITZ FOODSERVICE * WILLIAMS-SONOMA INC * QUEEN OF THE VALLEY HOSPITAL * NOKIA – HIGH SPEED ACCESS DIVISION (DIAMOND LANE COMMUNICATIONS) * DYNAMIC DETAILS * CROSBY, HEAFEY, ROACH & MAY, Attorneys * PALIO D’ASTI RESTAURANT * LEGACY MARKETING GROUP * ACCURATE FORKLIFT * THE SLANT NEWSPAPER * CLIFF & ASSOCIATES, Architects * NATIONAL BANK OF THE REDWOODS * SONOMA NATIONAL BANK * DuMOLIN HOMES * COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN * SHODAKAI CASINO * RV STITCH CONSTRUCTION * SUNSET LAWN CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES * LUCAS FILMS * LEDSON CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT * ICON TECHNOLOGIES * LASKY, HAAS, & KOHLER Attorneys * OCLI – OPTICAL COATING LABS INC * AMERICAN LIST COUNCIL * JAMES LEDWITH & ASSOCIATES * VEALE INVESTMENTS * ALBURGER, BASSO, DeGRASZ INSURANCE SERVICES INC * IDEC CORPORATION * SAP-SF ART EXPO * MANLY GROUP * THE BUSINESS JOURNAL * CRIA – CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE INSPECTION ASSOCIATION * USFN – US FORECLOSURE NETWORK * NOLTE MEDIA * MARIN ACURA * RPM MANAGEMENT * STEVE SILVA PLUMBING * HBO & COMPANY * MAGGIORA GHILOTTI CONSTRUCTION * CENTURY ANALYSIS * PAN PACIFIC HOTEL * BANKER’S TRUST * FULCRUM INSURANCE SOFTWARE * DEUTSCH DESIGN WORKS * AETNA MEDICARE * KOMAG * 3D COMMUICATIONS * NORMAN WRIGHT MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION * MRS. GROSSMAN’S PRINTING COMPANY * BANK OF THE WEST * BAYER CORPORATION * CHEVROLET * FORD * NETRO The Wireless ATM Company * LATTITUDE * CISCO Systems

 

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

BIG FRESNO FAIR * BUTTE COUNTY FAIR * CHICO CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO * COLUSA COUNTY FAIR * CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FAIR * EL DORADO COUNTY FAIR * FALLON HEARTS OF GOLD FESTIVAL * FIRST NIGHT SANTA ROSA * GRAND NATIONAL RODEO * KENWOOD FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL * KERN COUNTY FAIR * MILPITAS CITY FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL * MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR * NEVADA COUNTY FAIR * ORANGE COUNTY FAIR * PETALUMA OLD ADOBE FIESTA * PETALUMA RIVER FESTIVAL * ROHNERT PARK FOUNDERS’ DAY * SAN FRANCISCO BLACK & WHITE BALL * SANTA ROSA HOME SHOW * SILVER DOLLAR FAIR * SONOMA COUNTY FAIR * SONOMA COUNTY HARVEST FAIR * SONOMA-MARIN FAIR * SUN COUNTRY FAIR * WINDSOR FOUNDER’S DAY * WORLD WRISTWRESTLING ASSOCIATION * WINDSOR FOUNDERS’ DAY

 

RADIO, TV, & PRINT TALENT CLIENTS

AERIAL COMMUNICATIONS * BANK OF AMERICA * CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS * HOME EXPRESS * JON FRANCIS FILMS * KFTY TV5O “Mornings” * KGO RADIO & TELEVISION * KOFY TV20’s “Late Sunday Night with James Gabbert” * KPLS RADIO * KSRO RADIO * KTOB RADIO * KZST RADIO * POST NEWSWEEK CABLE * Q105 RADIO * KMHX THE MIX 104.1FM * ROBERT TAT PRODUCTIONS * US SPRINT * TERRY HUSEBYE PHOTOGRAPHY * “MRS. DOUBTFIRE” * TOTAL TV * TRIDENT * WORKFORCE * WRDU RADIO * BAY CABLE ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION * FROGGY 92.9 * TCI CABLE * AERIAL COMMUNICATIONS

 

MILITARY, GOVERNMENT, & PUBLIC SAFETY

US AIR FORCE * US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD * US COAST GUARD * US NAVY

BART–BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT * CA DMV * PETALUMA CITY HALL * SONOMA COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING * SONOMA COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT * US MAYOR’S CONFERENCE * SONOMA VALLEY HOSPITAL * SONOMA COUNTY TRANSIT * PETALUMA TRANSIT

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL * PETALUMA POLICE DEPARTMENT * PETALUMA FIRE DEPARTMENT * SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT * SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT * SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT * SAN ANSELMO POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

CELEBRITIES IN THE AUDIENCE

US Senator RICHARD GEBHARDT * CA Governor PETE WILSON * SF Mayor WILLIE BROWN * US Congresswoman LYNN WOOLSEY * US Congressman DON CLAUSEN * FBI Director LOUIS FREH * comedian TOMMY SMOTHERS * STEVE SMITH and members of the band “JOURNEY” * announcer BILL MOEN of KABL *  KPIX News anchor KATE KELLY * sales & air staffs of KGO TV & RADIO * GEORGE ZIMMER of the Men’s Warehouse * convicted fraudulent investment advisor MICHAEL ROSEN * dj & actor TERRY McGOVERN * developer HUGH CODDING * various SONOMA COUNTY SUPERVISORS * various council members, mayors, and staffs of the cities of PETALUMA, ROHNERT PARK and SANTA ROSA * Petaluma Police Chiefs DENNIS DEWITT & PAT PARKS * Santa Rosa Police Chief SAL ROSANO * country western music artists and spouses TIM McGRAW & FAITH HILL * actor DANNY GLOVER

On 6/12/99 Christopher performed at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco at the million dollar wedding reception of actors COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE of the television show Friends.  Read about and see pictures of the reception in the June 29th edition of the supermarket rag known as STAR magazine.

Christopher did walkaround entertainment at the reception, which had a 40s/50s big band theme, impersonating Ricky Ricardo with entertainer Jean Thomas as Lucy Ricardo.  As Lucy fauned over all the stars, Ricky restrained her, apologetically telling the guests in asides that his “screwball redhead wife gets a little excited around celebrities…you should see what she did to Bill Holden at the Brown Derby!”

Christopher was asked later to take the stage as Ed Sullivan to introduce the band “Pride & Joy” (The band knew him from being introduced by his Bing Crosby on the aircraft carrier/museum USS Hornett in the Port of Oakland on 5/7/99 for the IPO/6th Anniversary staff party of software giant Lattitude).

In characteristic style, Ed Sullivan introduced the bride and groom to the crowd as: “Courtney Love and Wally Cox”, and then rudely asked someone to “pin up the front of the bride’s dress…you can see everything”.  The deadpan, humorless, and painfully conservative Sullivan characteristically went over like a lead balloon.  Also in attendance and in Christopher’s audience that evening were:

Friends cast members: JENNIFER ANISTON & boyfriend, actor BRAD PITT * LISA KUDROW * MATT LeBLANC * DAVID SCHWIMMER * MATTHEW PERRY

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groom’s sisters, actresses ROSANNA & PATRICIA ARQUETTE & Patricia’s husband, actor NICHOLAS CAGE Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio comic JON LOVITZ * actor/director RICHARD BENJAMIN and wife, actress PAULA PRENTISS * actor and star of Star Wars 3: The Phantom Menace LIAM NEESON and his wife

In attendance, according to the STAR, but unnoticed by Christopher:

* actor PAUL REUBENS, aka “PEE WEE HERMAN” (he was probably in the bathroom)

* Mr. & Mrs. ROBIN WILLIAMS

Also in attendance, according to STAR, although Christopher didn’t spot him, was Director WES CRAVEN, who directed the couple in their 1996 film Scream, the project that brought them together.

In its four-page, front-cover, full-color article about the wedding, the STAR magazine detailed the budget for the wedding at $1,047,850, but overlooked at least $2,500 paid to Christopher and his fellow Bay Area entertainers, including unidentified Laurel & Hardy impersonators, Jean Thomas as Lucy Ricardo, and, from Skyana Productions, Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe, and Jeanne Lauren as a cigarette girl.  Christopher was hired for the event by Berridge Event Services/Best Events of Los Angeles.

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It was early in the morning back on May 1, 1998 that Christopher & Co. Celebrity Impersonations got a call from the staff of legendary country artist TIM McGRAW…

They told me that he and his wife, country artist FAITH HILL, were at V. SATTUI WINERY in St Helena shooting a music video, and that he was trying to ignore his birthday…they wanted to surprise him.  They already had the storyline worked out for me, too.  “We tease Tim a lot that he’s a bit of a homophobe, and he’s petrified of gaining weight and looking out of shape for his fans.  So we thought it would be funny if you came in as RICHARD SIMMONS!”

Needless to say he was surprised, and I gave him and his wife and their staff a performance they will never forget.  Richard Simmons had Tim McGraw prancing around the room with him to the tune of the Village People classic “Macho Man,” as Richard poked Tim in the belly, saying, “C’mon, Timmy…I’ve seen better lumps in oatmeal!  Let’s start sweatin’ to the oldies!”

 

WINERIES

BERINGER WINERY * CARNEROS ALAMBIC DISTIILLERY * DRY CREEK VINEYARDS * KORBEL WINERY * NIEBAUM-COPPOLA WINERY * SEBASTIANI VINEYARDS * STAG’S LEAP WINERY * KENDALL-JACKSON WINERY * ST SUPERY WINERY * PINE RIDGE WINERY * SUTTER HOME WINERY * CHATEAU LA CRESTA WINERY * V. SATTUI WINERY

 

CLUBS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

BANKING ADMINISTRATION INSTITUTE * CHICO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE * ELK’S CLUBS OF THE NORTHBAY * ENCINAL YACHT CLUB * EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION OF SONOMA COUNTY * FRANKLIN SYNDICATE CAR CLUB * INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PHARMACEUTICAL ENGINEERS * IOOF clubs of the North Bay Area * KIWANIS clubs of the North Bay Area * LIONS clubs of the North Bay Area * LIVERMORE MODEL A CLUB * PLUMBING HEATING COOLING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION * REDWOOD EMPIRE PRINTING CRAFTSMEN * ROTARY CLUBS throughout California & Nevada * SANTA ROSA BREAKFAST CLUB * SONOMA COUNTY MENSA * SONOMA COUNTY SHRINERS * WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION * WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CONGRESS * NORTHBAY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS * SAN FRANCISCO TENNIS CLUB * NAPA VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB * MT DIABLO PROPERTY ADJUSTERS ASSOCIATION * RECPHC – REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER OF PRINT HOUSE CRAFTSMEN * NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION * CAPPA & GRAHAM

 

KIDS & SCHOOLS & CHURCHES

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA PACK 7 * YMCA INDIAN GIUDES * CAMPFIRE GIRLS * REDWOOD PAL * PETALUMA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

ANN’S PRE-SCHOOL OF SONOMA * BERNARD ELDREDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * FAIRFIELD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT * HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL * KITTY KORNER NURSERY SCHOOL * LA TERCERA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * MARIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL * McDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * McKINLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * OLD ADOBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE * PENNGROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL * PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL * PETALUMA SCHOOL DISTRICT * REDWOOD JUNIOR ACADEMY * SANTA ROSA SCHOOL DISTRICT * SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY * TOMALES HIGH SCHOOL * URSULINE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

PETALUMA FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH * ST JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH * ST PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH * THANKSGIVING UNION CHURCH * SANTA ROSA FIRST METHODIST CHURCH

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCE VENUES

ACADEMY OF ART COLLEGE * ALAMEDA NAS * COMPASS ROSE GARDEN * FAO SCHWARTZ TOY STORE at UNION SQUARE * GUAM’S PASEO DE ORO * various vessels of the HORNBLOWER YACHTS fleet and others * HOUSE OF BLUES CHICAGO * JOHN ASCAGUA’S NUGGET * San Francisco’s historic JOHN’S GRILL (as Bogart’s Sam Spade) * KOFY TV20’s SLEAZY ARMS BAR & GRILL * NIKETOWN CHICAGO * ROARING CAMP * ROCKS & SHOALS CLUB at USCGTCTR * ST FRANCIS YACHT CLUB * STUDIO KAFE restaurant bar and FM radio station * TRAVIS AFB * various US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ARMORIES * USS BALCUTHRA (square-rigged floating musem) * USS POTOMAC (FDR’s presidential yacht as FDR) * VILLA CHANTICLEER * WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE * YORBA LINDA COUNTRY CLUB * PETALUMA’S LUCCHESI COMMUNITY CENTER * SANTA ROSA’S FINLEY COMMUNITY CENTER * MANLY MITSUBISHI * PETALUMA’S BOULEVARD BOWL * NOVATO’S NAVE LANES * PRESIDIO’S GOLDEN GATE CLUB * FORT MASON OFFICER’S CLUB * MOSCONE CONVENTION CENTER * AROMA ROASTERS COFFEE SHOP * CLO’S ICE CREAMERIES * OLD RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT * CANTINA RESTAURANT * TRA VIGNE RESTAURANT

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Christopher Linnell

Christopher & Co. Celebrity Impersonations

POB 2927 Petaluma CA 94953-2927

Christopher@HireAStar.net

707-762-2596

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