Well, it’s a little complicated. A lot of it stems from my history in theater and from some of my other experiences with comedy, but once you get the basics down, the whole process is pretty easy.
Let’s first start off by saying what some people don’t understand about me or what I do, so I’m going to try to describe myself a little.
I’ve always been an independent thinker. From the little kids I grew up with, you knew who I was. I remember one day, we were hanging out. Our kids weren’t so excited about that. You know who it was? It was me! I was a kid and not really used to having a role in that way. So I thought it’d be good to do impressions, and I thought it’d be funny to be a ventriloquist, so I took it pretty seriously.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m the kind of guy who really wants to do something crazy, but does a really bad impression because I can’t bring myself to do what I really want to do — which is just not doing it the way I want to do it, and doing it for my friends and family. I’m very, very careful and very, very meticulous about everything that I do, so I feel pretty good when people believe this. And when people don’t take me too seriously, I sort of take that as the opportunity to express myself — to try to be a little more interesting than what I am. I feel very fortunate to have been able to have people believe in me. I wouldn’t have been able to do all that I do — and hopefully not get in all so deep if people weren’t taking me seriously.
A lot of the time, though, people are not trying to make fun of your impersonations, they’re trying to make fun of you. Which is fine, but it’s just not what I’m about. I mean, I’m all about bringing the audience with me, so that’s not a problem for me. I really do want people to do that and if I can help, I want to. I’m not trying to be rude or disrespectful. I think those things can be very self-destructive, not what these people really are doing.
Let’s talk about ventriloquists a little bit first. I’ve heard you were one of the first people to do it; what led to your beginning?
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