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David Strassman - funny, very original, amazing character depth, Chuck Wood is just pure classic vent gone all the way past the edge
Terry Fator - nobody can do the stuff he does, just incredible
Jeff Dunham - well, Jeff Dunham, come on, he's Jeff Dunham.
Nina Conti - The beautiful and hilarious simplicity of Monk, great acting, clever and original, brilliant technique
Jay Johnson - classic and modern at once, flawless technique, characters have such life

If I had made it ten it would be too easy. With five you have to cut a couple or four favorites. Pick 5 and tell us why. Living, dead, whatever. I chose living because the playing field is more even with all of these guys on the planet at the same time.
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Edgar Bergen
Jimmy Nelson
Paul Winchell
Jeff Dunham
Jay Johnspon

(you didn't say they all had to be living)
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Nope, I said either living or dead. I chose to pick only living vents myself, partially to shorten the list because I was having a hard time even getting under ten. But can you briefly tell us why these 5?
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The legends...

Edgar Bergen
Jimmy Nelson
Paul Winchell
Senor Wences
Willie Tyler

Younger generation...

Jeff Dunham
Terry Fator
David Strassman
David Pendleton
Paul Zerdin
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If I can add a few more...I'd like to add Ray Alan and Mark Wade please Smile

Okay a few more please...

Nina Conti... Shari Lewis...

Okay a few more...

Jay Johnson and Ronn Lucas...
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Only 5 Wanlu, only 5. Ok, I won't make you take any back. I understand, all the vents you listed were on my list too.
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David Strassman: He gives his characters great depth; they have lives off the stage. He is constantly striving to be original. Chuck Wood is the classic cheeky boy--gone bad.

Nina Conti: another pure original. Am platonically in love with her. Monk is classic. Even when her humor is coarse (think Monk and the beer glass), there is intelligence and depth to it. Wish she'd use different substitutes for the plosives, though. "B's" are too often "G's."

Jeff Dunham: for all he's done for vent (even though he sometimes disparages it in interviews).

Senor Wences: incredible timing and technique. A musical rhythm to his performances. Projects class on stage.

Paul Winchell: For me, it was all because of him.

Honorable mention (yes, I know, it's cheating): Dan Horn for his absolutely incredible figure manipulation and overall great technique.

Great topic, Dave. Thanks for starting it.

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Quote:
On 2011-01-03 23:40, Wanlu wrote:
Willie Tyler
Younger generation...

Oh, Willie Tyler - yes - and I don't have room for another name.

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On 2011-01-03 23:36, Mr. Pitts wrote:
Nope, I said either living or dead. I chose to pick only living vents myself, partially to shorten the list because I was having a hard time even getting under ten. But can you briefly tell us why these 5?

Oh yes, looking again I see you did say living or dead.
Why these 5 - that's easy.
Bergen especially, I never stop enjoying watching videos I have of him and Charlie, or listening to the old radio shows, doesn't matter how much I've seen them over the years, I even have gotten to know some of the dialogue by heart just from listening to them so much, but still, I never tire of watching or listening to them.
Nelson and Winchell - What little I have to watch of those two also never becomes old, but I also enjoy their technique, they are both excellent in all aspects.
(I can't include him because I already have my 5, but Willie Tyler would be on my list and for the same reasons as Nelson and Winchell.)
Dunham and Johnson, because they are now, I've gotten to see plenty of both and I enjoy them watching them.
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How could I have left out Jay Johnson?? David, you enforced limitation is downright cruel!

:)

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Bergen - great, unforgettable characters.

Winchell - superb technique, original thinking.

Dunham - LOL stand-up materials.

Strassman - awesome theatrical performances.

Otto and George - courage to be different and their edgy materials.

Honorable mentions include Jay Johnson, Senor Wences, and Jimmy Nelson...
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Terry Fator - I JUMPED off the couch with glee when he won AGT. He is amazing
Jeff Dunham - Achmed and Walter are "belly laughing" FUNNY
Jay Johnson - I was a "Soap" fan long ago because of Jay and Bob
Mark Wade - great technique and Mark gives SO much back to the vent community
Paul Winchell - one of the true vent legends

NOTE: limiting choices to only 5 is hard to do! I appreciate and enjoy ALL vents!!
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Tough.

But I'd say...
Nelson
Johnson
Fator
Dunham
Winch

(In no particular order, and all for different and important to the art reasons)

If I had two more choices I'd say Lewis and Bergen.
If I had three more...
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Great topic David! I decided to stay with living vents too. Making a top five list was easier once I removed the greats of the past.

1. Strassman - originality and depth of character.
2. Jay Johnson - technical skill and creativity. (His modulations are amazing on his box voice.)
3. Nina Conti - incredible wit and originality. Her split from Monk is amazing to watch. Plus she is a genuinely warm and friendly lady.
4. Dan Horn - manipulation skills beyond belief.
5. Jeff Dunham - comedy and characterization genius and probably the ventriloquist who has done the most for the art to keep it in the public eye.
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I also think this is great and will add my picks
Paul Winchell, Edgar Bergen, Johnny Main, Cy Leonard and Jeff Dunham.
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Cy Leonard - I never got to see him perform, but he was definitely at it a long time. We had become on-line friends, and I wanted really badly to visit him and just try and get him telling me about his experiences all those years as a vent, I know there would have been a lot of interesting stories there. Sadly, I never was able to make it.
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Dave here is Cy and Happy. A very cute short commecial!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ska5sCBB7Q
Dan
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Check out the Ventriloquist Central Web Site for many more videos of all the great ventriloquists.
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Wow, cool, thank you Dan! That was cool to get to see, of course the Cy I knew was a lot older than that....I sure wish I could have made that visit.
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It's cool to watch that, then watch Dan's VentCentral video with Happy on his lap for a little history.

-Philip
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Yes, I saw that over on the right and watched that too.
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Nina Conti
David Strassman
Jeff Dunham
Ron Lucas
John Kimmons
Jay Marshall and Lefty
Ray Allen and Lord Charles

I have seen most of these live and they are wonderful entertainers. But Nina Conti and Jay Marshall are (were) special.
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