Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin introducing new puppets to his act

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2017

Paul Zerdin and his puppets.

Paul Zerdin and his puppets.

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A British ventriloquist who wowed judges on America’s Got Talent is going on tour, with dates in both Bath and Bristol.

Paul Zerdin won the US version of the talent contest in 2015 and is returning to the UK for a 45-date tour.

Zerdin has a band of characters going on tour with him, including the precocious Baby, cantankerous OAP Albert, cheeky pre-teen Sam and a host of new faces.

The ventriloquist had a busy 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic, and ended the year in the pantomime Cinderella at the London Palladium.

He said: “2016 was such an exciting year for me and the boys – performing in Las Vegas and at venues like the London Palladium really is every entertainer’s dream.

“I cannot wait to get back to UK theatres later this year with Albert, Sam and Baby, who are set to be grumpier, bolder and more boisterous than ever.”

Zerdin said he has always been interested in puppets, particularly Jim Henson’s series The Muppets, although when he was growing up he wanted to become a magician.

He said: “I was given a book on how to become a ventriloquist by Ray Alan and at about the same time I saw him perform on the Paul Daniels Magic Show.

“He absolutely blew me away. I also saw a magician called Wayne Dobson on TV who used ventriloquism in his act and made people in the audience talk, so I was hugely inspired by these two performers and I think that’s really how the ventriloquism came about.

“I got more and more into the comedy and the ventriloquism and the magic eventually got phased out.”

Zerdin is planning to spend most of 2017 on tour but he is also working on a sitcom for TV, which he described as like Seinfeld, but with Muppets.

Paul Zerdin will perform All Mouth at Komedia in Bath on October 5 at 8pm.

Tickets, priced £17.50, can be booked from www.komedia.co.uk/bath or 08452 938480.

He will also appear at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol on October 28.

Tickets, priced £17.50, are available from www.redgravetheatre.com or 01173 157800.

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