As a comedian and ventriloquist for 18 years, having been asked by The Late Show with David Letterman to come to New York, entertained at Winter Olympic Games and for some of the world’s largest banks (example: ABN Amro North America, Inc, based in Netherlands), I have gained many insights into what different demographics like.
My character named Tony(above), who is a comedic ventriloquist monkey, I fully expected to be a big hit with adults. It’s interesting because adults do get a kick out of him, and I know I’ve gained much business as a result of his like-ability; however, there is no denying that young kids go ape-wild over him. I guess I can relate because, at that age, my parents would take me to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm when we’d visit Southern California, and I would go crazy over all of the characters: Mickey, Pluto, Donald Duck and especially the cast of Splash Mountain (for some reason I connected with them especially well?).
Fast forward to today. I am in the business of creating characters, turning them into an international brand and producing and selling toys and fan merchandise around them. At this rate, some of these characters (once already created, and others still not conceptualized) will soon be an entity the likes of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh characters (Winnie, Tiger, Piglet, etc.).
I have a blast and, most importantly, the kids enjoy it.