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September 4, 2012
If you think that ventriloquism went out with Edgar Bergen and Shari Lewis, it's time to check out Terry Fator, the voice-thrower extraordinaire who riffs on celebrities and pop culture with his kooky cast of puppets. What makes the show so incredible is that Fator, a Vegas headliner for more than three years, is also an accomplished singer/impressionist with a five-octave vocal range. Fator does brilliant impressions of Tony Bennett, Axl Rose, Lady Gaga, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Garth Brooks and dozens of others - all without moving his lips.
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September 4, 2012
If you think that ventriloquism went out with Edgar Bergen and Shari Lewis, it's time to check out Terry Fator, the voice-thrower extraordinaire who riffs on celebrities and pop culture with his kooky cast of puppets. What makes the show so incredible is that Fator, a Vegas headliner for more than three years, is also an accomplished singer/impressionist with a five-octave vocal range. Fator does brilliant impressions of Tony Bennett, Axl Rose, Lady Gaga, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Garth Brooks and dozens of others - all without moving his lips.
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August 29, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
As a comedian, Jeff Dunham holds a unique distinction: He's the only comic who, at the conclusion of his debut on "The Tonight Show" last year, has had the audacity to tell Johnny Carson: "It'll be a cold day in hell before I come back to this show!" Of course, while the words came out of Dunham's mouth, they actually were uttered by the disgruntled Walter, Dunham's permanently scowling curmudgeon of a dummy whose catch phrases are "Who the hell cares" and "I don't give a damn."
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March 19, 2007 | Ed Gonzalez, Special to The Times
"You are forcing me to use the word 'perplexed,' " remarks Donnie Wahlberg's investigator in James Wan's "Dead Silence," reacting to a preposterous excuse Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) gives him for why he didn't kill his wife. But "inexplicable" is more like it. Beginning with Wan's appropriation of the 1930s Universal Pictures logo and an introductory lesson in Latin derivation (venter = belly, hence ventriloquist, the subject of the movie), "Dead Silence" piles on its befuddlements.
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March 19, 2007 | Ed Gonzalez, Special to The Times
"You are forcing me to use the word 'perplexed,' " remarks Donnie Wahlberg's investigator in James Wan's "Dead Silence," reacting to a preposterous excuse Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) gives him for why he didn't kill his wife. But "inexplicable" is more like it. Beginning with Wan's appropriation of the 1930s Universal Pictures logo and an introductory lesson in Latin derivation (venter = belly, hence ventriloquist, the subject of the movie), "Dead Silence" piles on its befuddlements.
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March 25, 1994 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Strassman first learned to be a ventriloquist in junior high school in the 1970s, but now he is pushing the age-old art into the 1990s. "Capt. Dave's Space Adventure" comes to Wizards on the Universal CityWalk for a week's run, starting Monday. In the family-oriented show, Strassman combines ventriloquism with the technology of the 1990s: robotics, lighting, lasers and CD-quality sound.
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August 23, 1998 | Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer
"Ladies and gentleman," said emcee Jimmy Caesar, a tuxedo-clad holdover from a distant era, "this man needs no introduction." Out came Jim Teter, tuxedo-clad himself and fresh from his latest cruise ship appearance, where he delighted audiences with his "presidential dummies" Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. What followed was something out of a vaudeville dream, at once endearing and awful.
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November 29, 1999 | Young Chang, (714) 520-2506
"Winter Wizardry," a show of American puppetry presented by Minikin Puppet Productions at the La Habra Library, will feature the works of Nancy Mitchell, founder of the group, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at 221 La Habra Blvd. Holiday acts, ventriloquism, hand-to-rod puppets and a full troupe of stringed marionettes are some of the show's features.
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March 12, 1998
"Puppet and Magic Center"--Puppeteer Steve Meltzer's show features ventriloquism, marionettes, magic and music. Saturday and Sunday afternoons on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. * "Burst Of Summer 1998"--The latest in men's sportswear, club wear, lounge wear, swimwear. A benefit for Asian Pacific AIDS organizations. Saturday at 8 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre. * "Long Beach Record Expo"--Collectors can pour over CDs, vinyl, videos, posters and other memorabilia. Saturday at 10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1993 | JON NALICK
Project PRIDE, a city gang prevention program, will hold an anti-drug rally and march on Saturday. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santiago College. Police Officer John Reed will perform ventriloquism with his Drug Abuse Resistance Education puppets and a banner contest will be held. The march begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by free food and entertainment. The event is free and open to the public. PRIDE stands for Parks and Recreation Inspire Dignity and Esteem.
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August 23, 1998 | Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer
"Ladies and gentleman," said emcee Jimmy Caesar, a tuxedo-clad holdover from a distant era, "this man needs no introduction." Out came Jim Teter, tuxedo-clad himself and fresh from his latest cruise ship appearance, where he delighted audiences with his "presidential dummies" Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. What followed was something out of a vaudeville dream, at once endearing and awful.
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March 25, 1994 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Strassman first learned to be a ventriloquist in junior high school in the 1970s, but now he is pushing the age-old art into the 1990s. "Capt. Dave's Space Adventure" comes to Wizards on the Universal CityWalk for a week's run, starting Monday. In the family-oriented show, Strassman combines ventriloquism with the technology of the 1990s: robotics, lighting, lasers and CD-quality sound.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
As a comedian, Jeff Dunham holds a unique distinction: He's the only comic who, at the conclusion of his debut on "The Tonight Show" last year, has had the audacity to tell Johnny Carson: "It'll be a cold day in hell before I come back to this show!" Of course, while the words came out of Dunham's mouth, they actually were uttered by the disgruntled Walter, Dunham's permanently scowling curmudgeon of a dummy whose catch phrases are "Who the hell cares" and "I don't give a damn."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1994 | JON NALICK
The city's police and firefighters will hold their 18th annual vehicle displays during a family-oriented celebration Aug. 6. The show will feature classic and antique cars as well as police and fire vehicles currently in use. Other attractions include SWAT demonstrations, Barney the Talking Police Car and Police Officer John Reed's ventriloquism act, said Police Lt. Mike Foote. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bristol Street and MacArthur Boulevard.
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January 29, 2006 | Susan King
AS Billy Crystal packs them in at the Wilshire Theatre for his Tony Award-winning one-man show, "700 Sundays," one of his cast mates from the 1970s TV comedy "Soap" is watching with interest. Ventriloquist Jay Johnson is onstage just a few miles away, performing his own one-person show. Johnson, who played the schizophrenic Chuck and Bob -- the latter being Chuck's caustic puppet -- on "Soap," parses his life with dummies in "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!" at the Brentwood Theatre.
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