Rialtus (rialtus) wrote,

An Evening with Terry Fator

This is Terry Fator. If you watched America's Got Talent last season, then you know who he is. This is a man whose talents are just surprisingly good. So good, in fact, that he won last year's show. From there, he appeared at the Las Vegas Hilton and has been packing them in there. Since then, he has signed a 5 year, $100 million contract to headline at the Mirage on the Strip. Not bad for a ventriloquist. Is he worth it?

Well, we had an inkling having watched the show last year, and jumped at the opportunity to see him at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. The show was supposed to start at 7 pm, but didn't get going until 7:30. We'd find out later that was because they were waiting for his luggage with several of his puppets, which was being driven to the casino. He opened with Emma and "At Last", which is how he started his rocket ride to stardom as you can see from the clip. He finally gets around to introducing himself, then procedes to sing puppetless "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt. And yes, as expected, he nailed it. The next 90 minutes were full of fun, music, and puppetry in a way that Avenue Q wasn't - but that's NOT a bad thing, jusr different. There were several songs without puppets, and one song without amplification. Many jokes, and of course great humor. I can't believe how much I laughed, including when he and Walter T. Airedale were chatting on stage about ventriloquism. Julius was a hoot, as was Maynard Thomkins, who is an Elvis impersonator who doesn't know any Elvis songs. There is a downer in the show when he talks about "Horses in Heaven", which you will probably hear a lot of in November if you listen to country music. But it's endearing, and I really think he's very honest and down to earth.

In short, if you get a chance to see Terry Fator, either before he starts headlining in Vegas or when he's at the Mirage (cha-ching), you can't do wrong and should do yourself the favor.
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