1. What got you interested in ventriloquism?
When I was 5 &
had puppets & carried around a sock puppet my grandma's friend
Lucille made for me. People told me I would be a ventriloquist when
I grew up all the time. I didn't understand what that was till
someone gave me a 1934 Boy Scout How To Book. One chapter was on
ventriloquism and I still couldn't understand it.
2. When did you get started performing ventriloquism? When
I was 20 & did shows with Roger Burgett. I did impressions of his
little guy Zeke. He told me by where I was placeing the voice in
order to do it I could be a ventriloquist. So I taught him to juggle
& he taught me ventriloquism. My comedy partner left to Chicago to
come back to his family in Pgh. so I worked on it really hard bought
a Pelhem puppet . Put an old pair of my glasses on him. He had no
arms so I told people he was in Nam & performed on stage in 3 weeks.
I did impressions and the dummy was my heckler & defender. I made my
act up everytime I worked.
3. How long did it take you to learn the basics?
3 weeks as I said
above weren't you listening ?
4. Name your top three ventriloquist's of all times (excluding
up it was...Senor Wences, Jimmy Nelson, Paul Winchell ! In this day
& age I think Jeff Dunham is the Edgar Bergan of our time period .
5. What are your goals for ventriloquism for the future? It
has been a learning thing using the John Pizzi's iPad App. Jet is
making me a fish because I'm doing an anniversary of a Fish Market
that has been here for over 100 years. I think he'll be my pet and
I'll dress kinda like Thursten Howell III. That's what I'm working
on now , I think I need some marketing gru to guide me to goals.
Name your best moment at a convention. Maybe
the year that David Deneen made me my Topo Gigio when I was doing Ed
Sullivan. This year was pretty pretty pretty fun I got alot of gifts
& the open mics were a riot.