Ventriloquist headlines evening
entertainment at Fountain Trail Days
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 6:16 AM
They hired the guy who's funnier than your average dummy.
James Wedgwood and a few of his characters will make an appearance at Fountain Trail Days this Saturday. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Even better, he doesn't move his lips.
He's described as "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!"
Wedgwood promises to use amazing comic ventriloquism, outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation to bring truly memorable entertainment when he comes to Fountain Trail Days this Saturday.
Wedgwood's the guy coming to the park courtesy of First State Bank of Fountain and Root River State Bank and everyone's invited to park their lawn chairs and get ready to be entertained as Wedgwood, described as "a one-man variety show," makes virtually everything talk - from wooden associates to purses, bottles and even audience members. Yes, Wedgwood asks the humans to open their mouths and he provides the surprising words.
A game show, singing (without moving his lips) and much more are all part of the fun.
His biography states that he 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," his website shared. "From then on he studied acting, improv and stand-up comedy before becoming a full-time ventriloquist in 1988."
He has appeared on The Statler Brothers Show and Crook and Chase, earned first place in the 13th annual Jackpot Junction Casino Talent Competition, worked with Chubby Checker, Janie Fricke, Glen Campbell and Jeannie C. Riley. He was also voted best actor in Indianapolis, appeared in a Target commercial, has performed in information spots for Armed Forces Radio and Television and made thousands of people laugh.
His appearance during Fountain's Trail Days is a fundraiser for future Fountain Trail Days, as donations will be taken during his performance. The Fountain Trail Days Committee is working hard to ensure there are more Trail Days on the calendar next year and the year after that, so that's why they hired the guy who's funnier than the average dummy.
Wedgwood will open his show at Fountain's park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with the Fountain Community Center set as a rain location.