Comedy & Ventriloquism
He's a tremendously talented ventriloquist, but James Wedgwood is equally talented as an entertainer who always gets his audience involved. His show is simply "The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips!" James uses amazing comic ventriloquism, outrageous characters, and hilarious audience participation to bring truly memorable entertainment to your event. Like a one-man variety show, James makes virtually everything talk - from wooden "associates," to purses, bottles, and even audience members (yes, they just open their mouths and James provides the surprising words)! A game show, singing (without moving his lips!) and much more are all part of the fun.James is a true professional and a wonderful option for corporate parties, appreciations and recognitions, fairs, festivals, and other special events. He can tailor his show to whatever the age and make-up of the particular audience. He truly is that good!
>> Career Highlights
James Wedgwood majored in Theater and graduated with a B.A. degree from Indiana. He picked up the art of ventriloquism at a young age when one of his aunts sent him a plastic dummy and an audio course on how to be a ventriloquist. From then on he studied acting, improv, and stand-up comedy before becoming a full-time ventriloquist in 1988.
"James was an excellent choice for our event and he did an outstanding job. I specifically appreciated how he sought out input from attendees before the event during the social hour and dinner about who to involve in the show. His ability to pull those into his act really made the performance memorable. "
"He did an amazing job and everyone loved him. He is super talented and we would recommend him to anyone. He is a great to work with!"
-Ramada Plaza & Suites, Fargo
"We had a great time - everyone was laughing non-stop and said that his performance was awesome!"
-City of Jamestown
"I just wanted to take a moment to say a tremendous 'Thank You' for performing... All of the people I talked to agreed that your performance was the highlight of the evening. Your talents as a ventriloquist are obvious, but what I was most impressed with was the way you observed the entire banquet and how you talked to people before your show and then incorporated some of those details into your show. You did an amazing job interacting with the crowd, and you have an uncanny ability of being able to pick the perfect 'volunteers' from the audience to participate in your shows. Your skill as a ventriloquist, your different cast of characters, and your comedic timing had all of our guests laughing and thoroughly entertained for the entire evening. I have had the privilege over the years to work with you on several different events, and your professionalism as it pertains to arriving and setting up on time, and being helpful to those putting on the event remains second to none."
-Brule-Lyman County Farmer Appreciation Banquet
"Just thought I would touch base with you and let you know about all of the great comments I am hearing about your show on Saturday night...I think it is safe to say that EVERYONE had a blast! Thanks so much."
-Henry County Health Center
"James Wedgwood is awesome!! His high-energy show and quick wit will leave you wanting more. As a member of the graduation party committee, I found James easy to work with and very professional. He did an excellent job of getting the audience involved. The kids loved him. His show was a great way to kick off our graduation party. He definitely will be asked back to entertain next year's graduates."
-Elk Mound High School
"James Wedgwood is a funny, talented ventriloquist, with just the right mixture of comedy and ventriloquism, and a set of great characters and puppets that allowed him to showcase these talents. The way he had the puppets interact with the audience made the entire show come together and added uniqueness to the performance we got to see. It was truly a fascinating and hilarious show in which the laughter never paused. James is truly amazing and a great performer. Just like the puppets, James had the audience in the palm of his hand."
-New Prague Auto Group
"The act was so much fun that people forgot how much effort and skill it took for Wedgwood to "throw" his voice..."
-The Redwing Eagle
"...I had the pleasure of having James Wedgwood perform in our auditorium to a very energetic and vibrant crowd. The statement is true as states James Wedgwood, "the most fun you can have without moving your lips." His talent not only as a ventriloquist, but as a performer is top notch and an audience pleaser...If you are looking for an entertainer or a presenter for your next event or program and are looking for a true entertainer, then look no further than James Wedgwood...Still laughing though my lips are moving."
-Paradise Center for the Arts
-I have received numerous compliments that "this was the best entertainment" we've offered in our 10 years of our annual Christmas parties. Hats off to you!"
"Some people never stopped laughing. It was an excellent blend of performing skills coupled with humor that kept the audience's attention at all times."
"Our guests have made comments that they laughed until tears were running. Sometimes in the retelling, they are still laughing hard!"
-Phelps Mill Festival
"As a library administrator, I found James very professional in his work...He mentioned the library summer program several times during his presentation, accepted live radio interviews and supplied the necessary information for marketing. He made the scheduling and contract process a breeze and checked in by phone to see if there was anything he could do to help made the programs successful."
-Director, Northwest Regional Library
>> Basic Set-Up Needs
In order to give you the best performance possible, James provides the following rider as an attached agreement to the contract:
Minimum stage requirement is 8' deep and 12' long. James uses many people on stage and this size is needed for their safety and his.
The stage should be set as close to the audience as possible with care taken to keep seating in front of the stage as much as possible.
Also, please place stage in a well-lit area. James' program is very visual, so lighting is important.
If good lighting is not available in the room, please let James know in advance so he can be sure to bring whatever lights are needed.
James provides his own sound for most applications up to 500 people.
If dinner is being served prior to the show, James requests you inform the catering staff NOT to clear dishes during the show as this creates a great disturbance.
>> Sample Introduction
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing James Wedgwood to your audience:
"Our entertainer tonight performs for groups across the country. You may have already seen James on national TV or at special events, fairs and colleges nationwide. Please welcome "The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips" ventriloquist James Wedgwood!"
>> Pricing Information
Pricing for each act varies depending on a number of factors including: location of the event; popularity of the date; routing for each act; type of event; single or multiple day performances; length of show, etc. To get a specific and accurate quote for your event please contact our office by completing the form below or calling (612) 361-6002. We respond very quickly to answer all our clients' questions.