Singer, comedian and impressionist Don Coulombe’s holiday show runs at Resorts to Dec. 20.
Singer-comedian Don Coulombe created the stage name “Don Who?” in response to people who couldn’t pronounce his French last name and it has worked for him since 1988. Before beginning his own variety show, he was the drummer, singer and composer for the New England based band Fox. He is also a regular performer in the popular Las Vegas show V: The Ultimate Variety Show. Originally from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, naming his holiday-themed show after his home region was a natural fit. Now, Coulombe has brought his show Christmas From the White Mountains to Resorts. In an interview with Atlantic City Weekly he talked about his show and his reaction to the news reports post-Sandy.
Tell us about your Christmas show.
It’s got a little of everything. While it is 75 percent Christmas songs, it has an Elvis Presley tribute and it has some Bobby Darin stuff in it and a tribute to Dean Martin. I also do a tribute for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and a tribute to our veterans with “God Bless America.”
What are your favorite Christmas songs?
My favorites are in the show — “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Mary, Did You Know?” That last one is an audience favorite. It’s a newer Christmas song. I have more people wanting to buy my CDs because of that particular song.
Where were you during Hurricane Sandy?
I was in Massachusetts and our home got a little wet; it was bad up there also. I came back that Saturday after the storm [Nov. 3] when the casinos reopened. I was amazed that the Boardwalk was still there because of all the news reports that said that the Boardwalk was destroyed. I was looking at Al Roker and saying ‘What casino is he standing in front of?’ Then I got here and saw that it was down past Revel [where the Boardwalk was damaged]. I called everybody I knew and told them, “There is nothing wrong with the Boardwalk.”
Is this your first time performing in Atlantic City?
I love Atlantic City. My wife and I come down here often. I’ve done private shows at the Hilton [now Atlantic Club] but as far as being hired to do a seven-week stretch, this is the first time for that length of time.
How did you start doing musical impressions?
I started performing at 12 with my brother and I had a show band for many years [Fox]. Then back in 1988 I started doing the Don Who? Show. Playing in a band all those years, you have to copy other artists so I got pretty good at doing impressions. I do a lot of comedy in my show and I think my comedy is stronger than my impressions.
Why did you come up with the stage name ‘Don Who?’
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