Mitch Shira is an actor and impressionist whose TikTok videos have been taking the progressive and post-Mormon world by storm.  Under the TikTok handle “genie_man,” Mitch impersonates past and present LDS Church General Authorities with incredible accuracy and sharp-edged humor.  Today, meet the man behind the voices.

Warning: Adult humor.  Discussion of electro-schock therapy of LGBTQ Mormons.


A sampling of MItch’s videos:


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  1. Curtis Henderson September 22, 2020 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    As a cousin, thanks for the courage to keep an open mind and being true to self in pursuit of actual truth in all things.

  2. Cranston September 22, 2020 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Comedy changes a Faith Crisis into an Awakening

  3. Gary C September 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm - Reply
  4. George September 24, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    A response to “You have brought your family troubles upon yourself as you broke your Covenant” could be, “I was not given a chance for informed consent at the time I entered my Covenant. I have since learned a lot I didn’t know then.”

  5. Paul September 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Love to see Mitch do Joseph Smith asking a 14-year-old for a hot date!

  6. Kim Richardson Barker October 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Very fun and engaging interview. My favorite part was when John asked if Mitch had children… and Mitch’s face and “countenance” completely changed to love and pride.

  7. maria schnurr March 6, 2021 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Mitch, thanks for sharing your story. so courageous. it resonated a lot with me. I left the church about the same age as you but 10 years ago, and exactly for the same reason: to protect and maintain my integrity. I simply had to listen to my heart. Interestingly the same mechanism that brought me into the church in the first place (I was a convert). I’m so grateful now to be able to live my life as I think is right without needing to “align” my thoughts and actions with an institution.

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