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This topic was raised on another forum and it made me curious...

An article on Dunham claims Jeff said there were only about eight full time vents out there and the rest just dabbling with it. I'm sure there are more. So let's find out...

Please note I'm not talking about how good anyone is - I'm strictly looking for people actively earning their living appearing on stage as a ventriloquist. 61 year old Uncle Ben who is retired and earning his pension from 25+ years of working is not on the list. That doesn't mean anything except he doesn't depend on shows to earn a living thanks to a well deserved pension. Jimmy the college student isn't there either unless he no longer lives at Mom & Dad's and is paying all the bills with his career.

In the U.S.A. we definitely have (in no particular order):
Jeff Dunham
Terry Fator
Jay Johnson
Ronn Lucas
Dan Horn
Mark Wade
Ken Groves
Todd Oliver
Jim Barber
Taylor Mason
Mark Merchant
Marc Rubben
Ian Varella
Steve Taylor
John Pizzi
and myself.

Not certain...
Michelle LaFong
Sylvia Fletcher
Willie Brown
Dale Brown
Bob Abdou
David Pendleton
Wilma Swartz
Bob Rumba

I wasn't sure if Dale should be included due to his non-vent business. I'm not sure if the others hold down additional jobs, have retirements or other forms of income. That is why I didn't post them on the definite list.

I know I've forgotten people - and if you have any info on why someone should or should not be on the definite list, please let me know.

For the International list - I know I'll need help...
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Don Bryan
Michael Harrison
Norma McKnight
Brad Cummings (lives here in BC now)
and myself

I know a few others who perform but have other business or employment.
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Forgot to add - Kevin Johnson to the definite list.

Pretty certain Stephen Knowles is, but not positive.

Does Pete Michaels fit in there? Wasn't sure if he had a pension or a side job...

Oh, same goes for Ryan Bomgardner. Not certain if it is full time for him or not.
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Absolutely Steve P.

Here on Long Island:
Vince Dantona and George
Jonathan Geffner

Don't forget Otto [Peterson] and George

Not me.

Bob
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Steve is a definite.

There are a lot more than Jeff guessed.

Can't forget Dennis Lee and Nancy Worcester of Nana Puddin' - and I believe Tim Cowles is also performing full time at this point.
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Philippines full-time vents:

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Wanlu (who does more vent work now vs his magic/illusions)
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A lot of people seem to think that you only count as a full time pro if you are on TV all the time or selling out arenas, but there are a lot of working pros who earn their living at vent.
Some are involved in other entertainment, like Pete Michaels is in a Beatles tribute band.
Stephen KNowles is also involved in running a magic shop but does that means he is not a full time pro? Hard to know where to draw that line.
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I think it's basically this: You're a full-time vent if you can already earn your living just by performing ventriloquism ALONE (without any other jobs/income sources), whether you do it on TV, stage, parties, streets, etc.

Now many full-time vents also have EXTRA sources of income (sidelines), but those are just bonus cash.
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Yes,
Bob Abdou is a full timer

Paul Zerdin - UK
Nina Conti - UK

David Strassman

Bob & Marty Hamill

Buddy Big Mountain
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Carla Rhodes?

Nacho Estrada... I think. I know he still performs but don't know if he's got a pension or anything.

So that's about 40 or so right there, give or take the ones we're not sure about.
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Don't know if Louis Russo is still actively performing.

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Sammy King retired Francisco, but wasn't he planning on working another act? What about Paige Parnell?

In Australia, we've got Darren Carr - and with the success Dean Atkinson had on Australia's Got Talent, perhaps he is full time as well?


The list keeps growing...
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I have gone back to my full time gig as a nearly normal counselor...and being a

Part time entertainer, full time professional....(before, during and after a gig)

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Willie Tyler (yep, still booked regularly)

Mallory Lewis

David Crone
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Here in the UK we have, off the top of my head, Paul Zerdin, Chris Bylett, Steve Hewlett and Jimmy Tamley.

I do more vent than I ever used to, alongside magic and balloon modelling, as does Kimmo.

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David Crone is back to part time - temporarily.

Can't believe I missed including Willie.
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With the above long list of fulltime vents around the globe (and many, many others not yet mentioned here), how come there are still people who still suggest that vent is obsolete?

(visit the other thread...)
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I wonder if Lynn Trefzger Joy should be added to the Full Time list.


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That would be a definite Troy. Thanks for reminding me. She is fairly visible, hard to believe I missed her too!
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