Society has recently become obsessed with little people; we are no longer ignorant to what makes them “different”. There are diverse types of dwarfism that include shorter statures, different health problems, bigger body parts like heads and butts or smaller parts like a shorter torso. Shows like the Little Women franchise have shined a light on the perils of what it means to be a little person, however, it has also shined a light on the fact that they have dreams and aspirations like any full size adult. They can be doctors like Jen Arnold, lawyers like Dawn Lang, or they can be in the entertainment industry. At one point little people in the entertainment industry meant dressing up like miniature versions of scary clowns or being blown out of a cannon like some kind of object. Now, little people in the entertainment industry mean actual acting roles and being recognized for their talents like Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage or Warwick Davis of Princess Bride bringing in fame and many other countless credits. There are also performers who have perfected impersonations of other celebrities like of Britney Spears or Beyonce and gone on to make a career out of their impersonations. They are back up dancers for some of the biggest acts in the world like with Miley Cyrus and they have upgraded their status in the circus to be the stars of troupes like Cirque Du Soleil.
If you are obsessed with reality television and want to know more about some of the little people killing it in the industry right now, then here is a list of a few little people who put on great performances.
10. Mighty Mike
Mighty Mike is better known as “Little Elvis”. He impersonates a host of people and has been on tour with some of the biggest names in the world (cough) Britney Spears, (cough) Motley Crue. However, his specialty is Elvis, and he has perfected his impersonation with an almost identical wardrobe complete with custom mics. He authentically sings backing tracks on hits like Burning Love, That’s Alright Mama, and Jailhouse Rock. He tours all over the US and Canada and of course, does the occasional wedding. He is one of the most recognized Elvis impersonators today; he does not only perform as a singer since he is also a talented wrestler.
9. Kim Tripp
Kim Tripp was best known as Mini Kim Kardashian; she performed regularly at Beacher’s Madhouse and was one of the founders and original members of the establishment that harbors the talents of little people. Tripp was recently found in the driveway of her Las Vegas home unresponsive by her boyfriend Ricky Sells Jr. It is unclear what caused her death however, while on this earth she seemed to be pretty popular with the masses. Kim Kardashian herself even had a few great things to say about her and she even took to Twitter to express her condolences after the charismatic character had passed.
8. Matt McCarthy
No relation to Jenny McCarthy, although with their out-there personalities one could beg to differ. McCarthy is known as “David Wee Roth”, obviously a play on musician David Lee Roth of the band Van Halen. He is a staple around Beacher’s Madhouse but founder Jeff Beacher saw something in McCarthy that made him invest a little more time and money in his career. McCarthy has taken his show to the likes of Mirage in Las Vegas and the Viper Room in Las Vegas. He’s not just any impersonator, McCarthy actually looks quite a bit like the musician, especially when he dons the costumes.
7. Nikki Hoza
This mini Madonna has been one lucky star. Nikki Hoza loves to perform as Madonna circa early 90s and while she also performs as a mini Britney Spears, Madonna is her specialty as she dons the lace leggings and loves to perform “Like A Virgin”. The material girl herself is yet to meet the impersonator but Madonna is never one to shy away from things that are a little more unique. If they ever need a new cast member or want to start a new Little Women spin-off, Hoza would be a perfect fit. She is flashy and exciting to watch; some of her memorable performances are on YouTube, too.
6. Rickey Sells Jr.
We all know that Kanye West is not one to take jokes at his expense lightly; unfortunately for him he is a public figure and a very popular one at that. West has a mini West and his name is Rickey Sells Jr. Sells performed together with his girlfriend Kim Tripp, who the world recently lost; they performed together as a couple at Beacher’s Madhouse and their act consisted of following the day to day lives of the real Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. One of their more popular acts was re-enacting the birth of North West complete with a mini “baby”, while the Kardashian’s best friend Jonathan Cheban, was in attendance.
5. Tonya Banks
Most recently known as “Little Boss” on the hit show Little Women: LA, actress Tonya Banks has a buzzing acting career including a role in Bad Santa. However, her roots are in performing live on stage as mini Tina Turner; she has also performed as mini Beyonce alongside her best friend, Terra Jole. Tonya has bigger aspirations, she wants to be the first little person to win an Academy Award but until then, she is fine with her reality show persona and re-enacting memorable performances from popular female celebrities. She has so much energy you probably would not be able to tell the difference.
4. Mini T
Mini T is impersonating who else but Mr. T. He is known to troll around Las Vegas where people are normally buzzing to take pictures with him due to his look and almost uncanny resemblance to the real Mr. T. There are some random stories floating around the internet in regards to Mini T getting completely plastered with people and giving an astounding performance of the original “Mr. I pity the fool”. However, besides those rumors he has proven himself to take his work seriously and live up to the name of the popular star. Next time you are on the Vegas strip, look out for him.
3. Robin Sherwood
Yes, a mini Donald Trump exists. His real name is Robin Sherwood, and he apparently has a ton of celebrity fans. Now that Trump is taking advantage of the presidential race there is no doubt that Sherwood is a wanted man in Hollywood. Before he was a mini Trump, wig and all, he played an Oompa Loompa around the Hollywood club scene. Some of his celebrity friends include Paris Hilton, who coincidentally enough saved the performer after he was rushed on stage and received a huge gash to the head. Who knows, maybe this little performer will get a boost in fame seeing as Trump is so popular; everyone else has a reality show, so why not him too?
2. Jordana James
Jordana James really gets around in the entertainment world; she has made a name for herself as a dancer, singer, actress and all round entertainer. Some of her more popular impersonations include Katy Perry and Britney Spears. James studied dance growing up and has implemented that into her life with her company named Sass ‘N’ Betties; a burlesque group for little people dedicated to entertaining people of all sizes. Recently she has been documenting her life on the reality spin-off of the show Little Women: LA, titled Little Women: NY. She is no nonsense and really knows how to bring the drama.
1. Terra Jole
Terra Jole is known for her mini Gaga and mini Britney impersonations, and while she is great at them she is so much more than that. She has toured as a dancer and performer with Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and a host of other celebrities. Jole is currently popular for being a cast member on the Lifetime show Little Women: LA. She is the head of the crew and often the voice of reason on the show. Jole also owns an entertainment company called “Mini-Popstars” where she manages and helps other little people achieve their dreams in the entertainment world.