1946's Merry Melodies cartoon (i.e. Looney Tunes) - "Book Revue"  

In this cartoon, characters from popular books come alive. Three minutes into the cartoon, Daffy Duck opens a trunk, dons some clothes and a blonde, curly wig, and proceeds to stand in front of the book titled, Danny Boy, imitating Danny Kaye. He does an imitation of Danny's classic "Dinah." Afterwards he proceeds to warn Little Red Riding Hood about the wolf by doing some scat singing reminiscent of "Melody in 4F."

1948's "Funnyman" comic books

Danny Kaye was the inspiration for a comic book character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman [they later sold Superman to DC comics]. In the late 1940s, they created a new superhero. Larry Davis was a red-headed comedian who warded off criminals by wearing a clown costume and becoming "Funnyman." (See this article: "Exhibits Look At Two Moments In Time" and Wikipedia)

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum (1948)

In 1948 Danny Kaye was enshrined in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. You can click here for an article related to that event. There is also video footage via British Pathe's site which I have listed below for your convenience. It's fun, exciting footage to watch.

Danny Kaye Waxworks 1
Danny Kaye Waxworks 2

Danny & Sylvia - The Musical

Danny & Sylvia is a musical which played at the St. Luke's Theater in New York City. It focused on the life of Danny and his wife, Sylvia, and Danny's rise to fame. Brian Childers had the role of Danny Kaye while Kimberly Faye Greenberg portrayed Sylvia. The play has gotten considerable praise over the years. To see an example, you can check out this YouTube clip to see Brian sing "Tschaikovsky" and "Minnie the Moocher." Kimberly and Brian also sing together on the song "One Life to Live."

Check out some of the following links for more information:

Brian Childers - official website for the man who portrayed Danny in the musical "Danny and Sylvia"
Kimberly Faye Greenberg - official website for the woman who portrayed Sylvia in the musical "Danny and Sylvia"

Impersonator Russell Fletcher

For some information on his act, you can check out these pages:
Kate Herbert Theater Reviews
Interview with Russell Fletcher on YouTube

Larry Raben performs "Tchaikowsky (and Other Russians)"

YouTube - His rendition of Danny's popular song is quite good and amusing to watch. He sings the song 3 times...fast, faster, and "furiously fast" as it says on YouTube.

George Carlin on Danny Kaye

PBS.org (Feb. 2009) - Link contributed by Liz - Thanks!

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Over the years there have been various imitations of Danny by people and cartoons.
The information on this page is by no means complete, but I've listed what I can find.
Scroll down and take a look. It's really quite interesting.