Paul Zerdin has helped make ventriloquism cool again.
From the Royal Variety Performance to the Edinburgh Festival, to India’s comedy circuit, Montreal’s Just For Laughs and a UK tour with his Sponge Fest show, Paul’s fresh twist on this traditional comedy art has impressed everyone from the Queen onwards.
Crucially, Paul Zerdin appeals to a huge demographic. No matter what your age, bottom line, Zerdin and his characters are hilariously funny.
As the UK’s number one ventriloquist, he is constantly in demand for corporate engagements, stage shows, TV appearances and high end private functions. His career has included appearances on everything from Paramount and Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up to ITV Daybreak, BBC TV’s The One Show, Sky News and Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks.
In fact, wherever he performs, he always delivers a winning combination of charm, brilliantly funny comedy and impeccable comic timing.
Supported by three of the best loved puppet character’s ever to grace the stage, Paul has exactly the right line of comedic material to keep any audience entertained.
These friends are of course, the cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent OAP Albert and precocious infant Baby.
“I see myself as a one man Muppet sitcom, reining the characters in. The old man has a thing for the ladies and so does Sam who is about to become a teen and knows naughty words. Between the two of them they lead the baby astray and the baby, of course, wants to know everything. I think it is important to have characters that people can relate to rather than, say, talking sheep which are less believable.” says Paul.
Surprisingly, Paul made his TV debut not as a ventriloquist, but as a magician on the BBC’s Tricky Business and shortly afterwards, at the age of just 20, landed a two year contract presenting the Disney produced kids’ programme Rise and Shine for GMTV.
In 1996, Paul was the first outright winner – by over 100,000 votes of LWT’s The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. The experience not only raised his profile, but introduced him to Nigel Lythgoe, the man who would go on to create reality shows such as Popstars and American Idol.
Lythgoe took the 22 year old Paul under his wing, paving the way for appearances on scores of shows, Tonight at the London Palladium, and Generation Game among them. It was Nigel who gave Paul his first brush with Royalty when he secured him a spot on the Prince’s Trust Gala Show in 1997.
Zerdin, who according to audience members, got the ‘biggest laugh of the night’ at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, also went on to get 5 star reviews at that year’s Edinburgh Festival. Paul returned to Edinburgh to sold-out houses in 2010 and made his debut at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival before embarking on a major UK tour with Sponge Fest.
From Ray Alan through to Keith Harris, ventriloquists have been a staple of UK entertainment for years, but it has taken Paul Zerdin to make it cool, by bringing his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism to the forefront of contemporary entertainment.
First & Foremost Entertainment are delighted to be able to offer the incredible talents of Paul Zerdin, the UK’s number one comedy ventriloquist, for your corporate event, theatrical production, TV appearance or high end private function and cannot recommend this astonishingly gifted artist highly enough.
“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act” THE GUARDIAN
“It is Zerdin’s sharp script that is the heartbeat of the show” THE TIMES
**** ”Pure audience gratifying magic” TIME OUT
Simply put, Zerdin is the man who can make ventriloquism look cool” THE STAGE
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