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Hassaan13 24-06-2013 10:49

Ventriloquists
 
Anyone else a fan of ventriloquists?

I think this guy is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwXenyJL8RE

dorydaryl 24-06-2013 11:19

I like Nina Conti with Monkey and Gran. Very clever, funny lady.

dee123 24-06-2013 11:42

No. Find them a tad creepy, the dummies that is.

Glawster2002 24-06-2013 11:47

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Originally Posted by dorydaryl (Post 66613377)
I like Nina Conti with Monkey and Gran. Very clever, funny lady.

I'm going to see Nina later on this year, really looking forward to it!

gregsanison 24-06-2013 12:00

Used to like Roger De Courcey and his Nooky Bear(aka Alan Sugar)

The best line was Snow White is pregnant - after all, not all the dwarves were dopey!

Lildeakin 24-06-2013 12:00

Paul zerdin is one of the absolute best! Little Sam is a hero of mine!

Fred E Star 24-06-2013 12:15

I'm good at it online.

"Hello"

"How are you?"

"Would you like a gottle of geer?"

Damn!!!!!

egghead1 24-06-2013 12:20

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Originally Posted by Hassaan13 (Post 66613067)
Anyone else a fan of ventriloquists?

I think this guy is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwXenyJL8RE

He's your favourite? Exactly how many do you know of/like?

My gripe with him is the "falling over laughing" that the puppet does,too much like The Muppets.

I like Nina Conti presently,Ray Straussman is good,Ray Alan was the best with Lord Charles though.

Theo_Bear 24-06-2013 12:38

Jeff Dunham from the US with his Achmed the dead terrorist puppet is very funny.

peroquil 24-06-2013 12:54

It's certainly a skill, but I think it's an entertainment form from a bygone age tbh.

egghead1 24-06-2013 13:00

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Originally Posted by Theo_Bear (Post 66614329)
Jeff Dunham from the US with his Achmed the dead terrorist puppet is very funny.

No hes not. And he's a rubbish vent as well.

Blue Eyed lady 24-06-2013 14:09

I appreciate humour is subjective but personally I don't find ventriloquism remotely funny, especially Keith Harris & stupid Orville, as for the dummies, a bit creepy!

Mirage 24-06-2013 14:19

I used to love Shari Lewis and Lambchop as a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC9C9c2H4mY

occasional post 24-06-2013 14:42

I always think its something that works much better in stage than on TV. TV allows you to spend too much time watching the vent's mouth as opposed to the dummy.

Having said that, I believe that one of the most successful vent acts ever was on the radio! (Before my time)

degsyhufc 24-06-2013 15:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Theo_Bear (Post 66614329)
Jeff Dunham from the US with his Achmed the dead terrorist puppet is very funny.

Quote:

Originally Posted by egghead1 (Post 66614637)
No hes not. And he's a rubbish vent as well.

I think he is. Love most of his characters. Walter and Achmed are my favourites but Peanut and Melvin are also good.


ps you don't always need a dummy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKFgS7Pa-Cc

Cloudbusting 24-06-2013 16:24

I've always found ventriloquist dummies so terrifying I can't look at them. I don't "get" the appeal of ventriloquism, I'm afraid.

Birdsworth 24-06-2013 17:33

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Originally Posted by occasional post (Post 66616092)
I always think its something that works much better in stage than on TV. TV allows you to spend too much time watching the vent's mouth as opposed to the dummy.

Having said that, I believe that one of the most successful vent acts ever was on the radio! (Before my time)

Presumably, this is Peter Brough (and Archie Andrews).

One of the biggest stars of the radio era in the early fifties.
He tried to translate the success to television, but it never came off mainly due to the fact that he was terrible at his act and people could see his lips moving even on those tiny 14 inch screens they had back then.

Theo_Bear 24-06-2013 17:40

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Originally Posted by egghead1 (Post 66614637)
No hes not. And he's a rubbish vent as well.

He does move his lips too much for comfort, I'll admit, but the routines are well scripted.

Jethryk 24-06-2013 19:47

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Originally Posted by Birdsworth (Post 66618715)
Presumably, this is Peter Brough (and Archie Andrews).

One of the biggest stars of the radio era in the early fifties.
He tried to translate the success to television, but it never came off mainly due to the fact that he was terrible at his act and people could see his lips moving even on those tiny 14 inch screens they had back then.

I've seen Archie Andrews. Steve Hewlett was/is his vent but he doesn't own him so he's not used all the time.

Actually had my photo taken with Archie. He was a big star in his day (with Peter Brough) and brought a lot of people to the show when they realised he was in it.

earthling13 24-06-2013 21:20

I don't quite remember Peter Brough but my first favourite was Ray Alan with Tich and Quackers and later ( when I was a bit older) Lord Charles. Ray was in a class of his own for a very long time.

As an aside, does anyone remember Ayesha Brough who was Peters daughter-in-law? She presented a music programme in the early 70's called Lift Off With Ayesha and, apart from being linked to some major musicians, was once engaged to Roy Wood of The Move.

He would paint an 'A' in his face make up during their time together.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ORYzJNfsCf...0/Roy+Wood.jpg


http://www.pugwashtheband.com/images/483.jpg?1328905647

Gulftastic 24-06-2013 21:58

Glad someone finally mentioned Ray Allen.

Watch him here. He is an absolute master of his craft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3Zn3M-WMzM

Jeff Dunham is a rubbish vent and an even worse comedian.

dorydaryl 25-06-2013 00:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lildeakin (Post 66613834)
Paul zerdin is one of the absolute best! Little Sam is a hero of mine!

Another good one, yes! :)

dorydaryl 25-06-2013 00:32

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Originally Posted by Glawster2002 (Post 66613688)
I'm going to see Nina later on this year, really looking forward to it!

Did you see her documentary, Glawster? Found it really moving.

degsyhufc 08-11-2013 22:03

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Originally Posted by dorydaryl (Post 66631339)
Did you see her documentary, Glawster? Found it really moving.

I watched it again last night because I wanted to see the hynotism routine.

It reminded me of this guy.

Kevin Johnson. He does 'kung fu' dubbed lip movements
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnNBgIKOvr4

Molly Bloom 08-11-2013 22:31

God, no. I have a genuine phobia of ventriloquists' dummies. They have always scared the life out of me and I can't bear looking at them.

Horrible.


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