This is not just about being famous or being funny. This is a grand testimonial of how passion, perseverance, and dedication always pays off. Oh what an inspiring, uplifting story!
Terry fator is one of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen: An amazing impressionist, great singer with perfect pitch and harmony, terrific showman, and ventriloquist extraordinaire – all rolled into one person!
Can appearing on National TV be good for your career? Of course! This guy has been performing for apparently over 20 years, is a huge name in private and corporate shows, yet not many people had heard about him until his appearance on “America’s Got Talent”.
I hope he hits big time – he simply deserves it. Only very special artists get their own category here on HowToThrowYourVoice.com – Terry Fator is obviously right up on the list.
The Finals: Terry Fator does Roy Orbison
Along the same lines as my previous post about how to be a ventriloquist without even trying to be one, watch master ventriloquist Bill Demar use nothing but puppet manipulation skills, a great script and some terrific timing to entertain some kids. May not be so funny for adults, but just the way in which he goes about with the show and entertains us, without the frog uttering a single word, is something all wannabe ventriloquists (and entertainers) should learn from.
This awesome video from the show “Britain’s Got Talent” is a classic example of the fact that it is far more important to be an entertainer, than worry about how well you can talk without moving your lips or about how much people can see your lips move.
This is classic proof that the audience really doesn’t care if you can “throw your voice” or not. You will see that the artist is not really a ventriloquist. He doesn’t even attempt to be a ventriloquist. He doesn’t make the monkey talk, doesn’t have a witty script, nothing!
All he has is sheer timing, a great setup, basic puppet manipulation skills, but most importantly, the ability to make it all come together in a funny, entertaining way.
Yes, you can learn how to be a ventriloquist – it is dead easy.
But no, you can’t learn how to be a great entertainer.
This following clip is insanely funny! The “Achmed” dead terrorist character has been brilliantly conceptualized. Jeff Dunham exposes the funny side of being a terrorist (if there is such a thing), even though it sounds a little cliched at times. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
The key to being a successful ventriloquist, is that your puppets need to have a personality.
This routine tends to get old very fast, and your audience will lose interest very quickly. The key to keeping your audience involved, is to create a character out of your puppet. The puppet should have a life of its own, likes and dislikes, quirky behaviour – and all of this has to be consistent.
For example, if your character is a rude, old, wise cracking, know-it-all male chauvinistic pig like Wilson then the character has to be consistently the same. You can occasionally go off on a slight tangent (like when your puppet is supposedly having a good day, say) but you cannot suddenly turn your grumpy-old-rude-man puppet into a kind, decent man who loves and respects women.
If you want to learn about character development, this is one of the videos to watch and learn from.
– Ravi Jayagopal
Jeff Dunham is arguably the greatest ventriloquist ever. He is so good at what he does, mainly because he is an insanely funny comedian who happens to know how to talk without moving his lips. He is a brilliant comic first, and a ventriloquist next.
I own the “Arguing With Myself” DVD whose clips are shown below. If you love comedy, you’ve simply got to get it. I’ve watched it over and over again several times, but I just can’t seem to get enough of Peanut and Walter.
Walter: The Intro
Walter: Part 2
Walter: Part 3
Peanut: The Intro
Peanut: Part 2
Peanut and Jose Jalapeno
Sweet Daddy Dee