Saturday, February 28, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The nuances of performance and character are actually the deepest part of the art form and the most difficult to learn. The lip control is the mechanical and simplest part. I firmly believe that a good act and great character trumps lip control issues every time. Edgar Bergen is my best argument for that opinion.
So look for my Kenny Croes ventriloquism primer in the near future. (Though I wouldn't be scanning the New York Times best seller list).
Monday, February 16, 2009
Auf wiedersehen, Augie.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"Augie" placed his resume on monster.com. He registered at the local unemployment office. He also filled out an application at a temp agency. He'd probably have a job by now if he hadn't written in the box "occupation" the word "goofball". Now he has a day left on Ebay to find gainful employment.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The old grouchy guy I'm making is an example. I'm keeping the cheeks and nostrils. But I've added the bridge and center part of the nose. The lower part of the face was done by trimming the edges off the corner of the jaw. Then I temporally mounted the jaw piece in the head. I added Magic-Sculpt to the lower part of the face to contour to the trimmed jaw. Now he looks like he's always frowning. I also made jowls.
By the way, the holes in the forehead and neck are to anchor the Magic-Sculpt. All of the Magic-Sculpt areas you see have holes drilled underneath to secure the applications. I'll use Magic-Sculpt to form a "turkey neck" and I'll add some wrinkles in the forehead. Then he'll be ready to paint.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
But actually it's also the name of a blog by ventriloquist John Mhor Gunn. (You'll find the link in my list of blogs). He's embarking on a project to build a conversion figure from a Danny O'Day. If he's anything like me, an encouraging word from a fellow ventriloquist and/or vent builder is helpful. So, please check out his blog from time to time and offer up some pleasantries.
That's my plan.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
I was at the initial casting call at CBS. My aunt, who was an acting teacher in LA, told me about it. At the time, I didn't use a figure or puppet, but rather sang a tune without moving my lips as a closing bit of my singer-songwriter act. (It was the same bit I did as part our street act in San Francisco when Harry Anderson and I were partners.)
I'd never seen so many ventriloquists and vent figures in one room as I saw that day in that Rehearsal Hall at CBS. A sea of ventriloquists! I recall the ad asked for someone 20-30 years old, but I saw vents much older and much younger than that. I remember one older guy with a Greecian Formula-dyed butch haircut and loud plaid jacket was saying how much younger he'd look on TV.
Eventually I was called in to a small room or curtained-off area (I don't recall which) to audition, which didn't last long. I had hair down to my butt and no dummy. Right away they eliminated me and I didn't even get to show 'em my act. But they were very polite, which I appreciated because I was also very nervous.
And of course, we all know who won the part. Obviously those casting directors knew what they were doing.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
He just thinks he is.
Soon he'll be searching for someone to convince. Look for this feller with the giant combover on Ebay in the near future.