Lenn Johnston, Host of the Thursday evening OGR radio show Lenn Johnston’s Parallel Universe, appears on film and stage as an actor-comedian and musician. Like John Lennon, he’s always found drawing and disassembling language his preferred escapes from the humdrum. He’s performed comedy improv with the famed Second City and the Los Angeles New Barbarians.
Lenn gives tribute to his hero John Lennon with his CD Village Idiom, a collection of original songs, poetry, stories and illustrations capturing the irreverent, absurd, and witty spirit of John Lennon. Lenn performs solo and with bandmates his Lennonesque poems and 60-song Beatles repertoire. He played a 2008 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 exclaimed, “It’s uncanny! It’s blowing my mind. It’s really hard to do a show with 1965 John Lennon here!” And Dave Mason, host of the San Diego Beatles Radio Show at 101.5 KGB, commented, “…If channeling is real, [he] WAS John Lennon… He had the look, the mannerisms. Everyone was amazed, to say the least!” 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.” Online music magazine EarCandy noted, Lenn “perfectly evokes both the spirit and imagery of John Lennon in one of the most original and effective tributes ever heard (and seen).”
Lenn has been featured on Good Day LA, CNN, 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, The Eugene Mirman Project; and in print in Paris Match, Contact Music–a Japanese Magazine-book, MOOK.
Since the re-popularization of naughty people destroying the world, Lenn has appeared as an Evolutionary, encouraging good people to take out-clever the Neo-Conundrums with Love, Hope and Humor. His goal? To bring mirth to Earth and heal these troubled times with humor.