It’s so much fun to do a corporate comedy show. I end up traveling to the far corners of the U.S. and sometimes Canada to bring the laughs.
One thing I’ve found in common – no matter where or for whom I am entertaining:
People of all audience types love to laugh!
Everyone is looking for a brief break from the norm in order to slap their knees laughing.
It’s fun to be a part of it, and nice to get paid doing what I love!I got started in ventriloquism when I was a kid. In fact, it’s funny because people teased me for the fact that I naturally spoke without moving my lips. I didn’t know my lips weren’t moving when I talked, but classmates at my school pointed this out when I would give a report in front of class (as profiled by Evening Magazine on Northwest Cable News -Washington, Northern California, Idaho, Western Montana, KING TV Seattle and Spokane, and KGW NBC Portland, as well as Bellingham Herald and number of other publications in the Pacific Northwest, Chicago area and throughout the world in the ventriloquism community).
I love doing things with my hands. Once I discovered I could talk without moving my lips, I actually saw my friends’ dad do ventriloquism with a dummy at a New Years Eve Party.
I thought, “what in the world? This is the coolest! I was thinking about my friend, ‘how do you act like it’s no big deal that your dad has ventriloquist puppets? this is about the coolest thing a kid could ask for – a dad who plays with and does comedy with puppets.'” Apparently, my friend didn’t think it was as big a deal as I did.
My friend’s dad, who was a church consultant by day, showed me a catalogue from Maher Ventriloquist studios with all sorts of mechanical ventriloquist figures and puppets in it. I also got my hands on a puppetry catalogue titled One Way Street out of Denver, Colorado (I think?).
I realized that some of the ventriloquist dummies would take a long time to save up for. I made money mowing neighbor’s lawns and delivering newspapers, so coming up with several hundred dollars would take too long, in my opinion. 🙂 I wanted a dummy now!
Anyway, I lived in Bellingham, Washington, a town south of the Canadian border known well to residents of Vancouver, British Columbia because it has a mall called Bellis Fair that they like to shop at. Also, there aren’t as many taxes on organic foods in the U.S., so the Canadians know Bellingham as a place to get groceries at Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joes.
In Bellingham, which is beautiful by the way, they have a store called Windsor Plywood. It happens to carry specialty woods, so I bought wood known for its carving qualities called Bass wood. I’d messed around with pocket knives all my life, and knew the basics of carving sticks for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.
If figured, “It can’t be that hard to carve a dummy head.”
Little did I know it would take me 6 months to carve.
Crazy! I had to run to the local hardware store called Hardware Sales so many times!
It was fun, but a lot of work.
Anyway, I still use that same character, Luigi, to this day. It’s so much fun!
Comedian Ventriloquist Justin Milan is available to entertain throughout the US, Canada and on the moon. To many peoples’ great disappointment, he cannot be paid in dead chicken caucuses. (unless they’re organic)