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Old 24-06-2013, 10:49
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Anyone else a fan of ventriloquists?

I think this guy is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwXenyJL8RE
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:19
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I like Nina Conti with Monkey and Gran. Very clever, funny lady.
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:42
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No. Find them a tad creepy, the dummies that is.
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:47
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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!
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:00
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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!
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:00
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Paul zerdin is one of the absolute best! Little Sam is a hero of mine!
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:15
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I'm good at it online.

"Hello"

"How are you?"

"Would you like a gottle of geer?"

Damn!!!!!
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:20
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:38
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Jeff Dunham from the US with his Achmed the dead terrorist puppet is very funny.
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:54
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It's certainly a skill, but I think it's an entertainment form from a bygone age tbh.
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Old 24-06-2013, 13:00
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 14:09
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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!
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Old 24-06-2013, 14:19
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I used to love Shari Lewis and Lambchop as a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC9C9c2H4mY
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Old 24-06-2013, 14:42
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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)
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Old 24-06-2013, 15:27
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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.
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
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Old 24-06-2013, 16:24
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 17:33
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 17:40
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 19:47
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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.
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Old 24-06-2013, 21:20
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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

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Old 24-06-2013, 21:58
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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.
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Old 25-06-2013, 00:31
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Paul zerdin is one of the absolute best! Little Sam is a hero of mine!
Another good one, yes!
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Old 25-06-2013, 00:32
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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.
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Old 08-11-2013, 22:03
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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
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Old 08-11-2013, 22:31
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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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