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Ventriloquist Mike Mann

Billy, Mike, &  Grandma Sady

He has studied the art of puppetry for 20 years. He began with hand puppets or "Muppet Type Puppets" and moved gradually into ventriloquism. He now is an accomplished ventriloquist with many varied comical routines, but is also proficient at ad-libbing. Mike works both as a solo artist and in combination with Glenda to present the Gospel message.

Mike learned his art by checking books out of the library on ventriloquism and then spending thousands of hours practicing. He has always been fascinated by ventriloquists who weave comedy into routines while conversing with their different figures. The technique is to become two different actors. Then while changing the voice to sound unlike your own, controlling the movements of the puppet. Memorizing lines takes lots of rehearsal while ad-libbing is the icing on the cake in a performance. Many times the ventriloquist can tease audience members, the company president, or CEO for extra laughs. Mike uses Grandma Sady, a seasoned citizen character, in many different (clean) adult routines, along with Billy, a teenage boy puppet, and Hector, a very unusual ostich. For younger audiences he uses Gertrude the hound dog and Calipo the baby gorilla.

 

 

 

 

MIKE’S INFLUENCES are Ron Lucas, Jeff Dunham, Todd Oliver, Willie Tyler, and Jay Johnson.

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