Posted on February 23, 2004 at 07:04 AM
This is a great example of a piece that takes a funny story concept - an Elvis impersonator who is also a police officer - and takes it deeper to teach you something. You'd be surprised at the connections between being Elvis and being a police officer. "It's all about the uniform," as Chuck would say. (And it's not just the cop who wants to be Elvis - the real Elvis actually wanted to be a cop - one of Elvis's 'proudest days' was getting the DEA badge from Nixon).
The piece is sound rich, with concert footage mixed with cop car footage. The transformation of Chuck's Maine accent to his Elvis accent is magical. And the story ends with one of the later stage Elvis hits (from the 'jumpsuit' years) - "Suspicious Minds." Hearing chuck croon along with elvis with a cop car in the background was enough to turn this Elvis novice into an Elvis fan.
A sure bottom-of-the-hour crowd pleaser for any type of show.