Saturday, August 05, 2017

Even Oklahoma has talent

I generally don't watch competition talent shows anymore.  Once AMERICAN IDOL became SO YOU WANT TO BE IDINA MENZEL?  I got off the train.  And general talent shows often serve up acts to be used as cannon fodder for humiliation. 

Plus, I'm tired of the format.  Tired of the panelists desperately searching for new ways to say the same things over and over.   Even Howard Stern fell into that trap. 

Oh, and by nature I'm cynical -- especially when it comes to reality shows (since most are fake). 

But I have to say, this act melted even my dark heart.  Ventriloquism is becoming a lost art.  Longtime readers of this blog know how much I admired Shari Lewis, who could do things with her tongue that women earning a thousand dollars an hour couldn't do.   Years ago ventriloquists were in such high demand that one even had a national radio show (Edgar Bergen -- Candice's dad).   Think about the absurdity of that for a moment.   That's like a radio show where a guy does card tricks. 

But I digress...

Recently on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT a 12 year-old girl from Oklahoma did an amazing ventriloquist act.  So much so that I thought I'd share it. 

I predict big things for Darci Lynne.  She's such a remarkable ventriloquist that someday I could see her even getting her own podcast.

Enjoy.



19 comments :

Peter said...

That was adorable. And she's got a million dollar smile. Hope she goes far.

johnachziger said...

What's even more absurd than a ventriloquist on the radio? Paul Winchell did a sketch on one of his shows where he was a ventriloquist IN A SILENT MOVIE!!! The guy was a genius.

Fred Vogel said...

Wow. I've never watched the show but that young lady was special.

Dennis said...

Even Oklahoma?!

Well, thank you, Mr. West Coast "There are states in between California and New York?" Elitist. Oklahoma has spawned more than a little talent, including Ralph Ellison, Tony Randall, James Garner, Brad Pitt, Will Rogers, Johnny Bench, Patti Page, Van Heflin, Woody Guthrie, Jennifer Jones, Mickey Mantle, Iron Eyes Cody, Jim Thorpe and Bill Moyers, among others.

Pete said...

Dennis beat me to it, Ken. Although he missed the most obvious: Carrie Underwood, winner of American Idol. She's sold a few records.

Paul Duca said...

Bill Moyers is from Marshall, Texas...replace him with Reba McIntyre

Pam Handle said...

When you have to pad the Oklahoma Performing Talent Hall of Fame with three athletes and a weeping fake Indian, the verdict is in.

Ken Levine said...

Wow, people. I'm being facetious with the Oklahoma thing. If the girl was from California my headline would have been "Even California has talent." It's a humor blog. Have we gotten so sensitive that we can't poke fun at a state?

And Wendy,

I firmly believe the only reason SNOBS didn't get picked up was because the lead actor was terrible and killed it.

Eric said...

Anonymous Pam Handle said...
When you have to pad the Oklahoma Performing Talent Hall of Fame with three athletes...the verdict is in.


Since when does athletics not count as talent? Iron Eyes Cody, I'll give you. The guy claimed for years and years to be a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma, but he was lying. He was an Italian from Louisiana. But Johnny Bench? Mickey Mantle? What they could do wasn't talent?

JeffR said...

Hey Ken - you mentioned Edgar Bergen on the radio...how about one of your all time favorites...he was kind of a ventriloquist?!?!
Jackson Armstrong and the Gorilla!!

Norm said...

America's Got Talent is so different from most of the reality shows because you never know what the next ACT is going to do. And yes, I too am a huge Shari Lewis fan and I'm proud to have two of her shows in my private collection from her classic NBC days including one with Margaret Hamilton. Her Talent was unbelievable.

Kirk said...

"Years ago ventriloquists were in such high demand that one even had a national radio show (Edgar Bergen -- Candice's dad). Think about the absurdity of that for a moment. That's like a radio show where a guy does card tricks."

I think it's a testament to Bergen's talent that there was more to the act than merely throwing his voice. The humor transcended the gimmick.

I'm much too young to remember Bergen's radio show (though he still occasionally did television in the 1970s.) But I know one of the recurring jokes in his act was Charlie McCarthy (Bergen's dummy) mocking him for moving his lips. That might have played even FUNNIER on the radio, where you could have imagined an embarrassed Bergen frantically trying to keep his mouth in a state of paralysis.

Charles H Bryan said...

Not just adorable, but how does she belt out a song keeping her mouth that closed? If there were moments like that, I'd watch these shows more often. Thanks for posting it.

CRL said...

I never thought Oklahoma had talent, but then all those cowboys started singing and dancing. What a beautiful morning! What a beautiful day!

Fred Nerk said...

Eric said..'Since when does athletics not count as talent?'
Pam Handle never implied that, her comment was based on the Oklahoma Performing Talent Hall of Fame being supposedly about show biz 'performers', and Pete and Dennis, what the hell is wrong with you?

Liggie said...

Look over your shoulder, Jeff Dunham.

Roger Owen Green said...

I saw it at the time and I was STILL touched in rewatching it

Pam Handle said...

Eric:
Anonymous Pam Handle said...
When you have to pad the Oklahoma Performing Talent Hall of Fame with three athletes...the verdict is in.

Eric said...
Since when does athletics not count as talent? Iron Eyes Cody, I'll give you. The guy claimed for years and years to be a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma, but he was lying. He was an Italian from Louisiana. But Johnny Bench? Mickey Mantle? What they could do wasn't talent?



Public Figure Eric,
I don't watch a lot of "America's Got Talent" or "American Idol." So tell me, how many undiscovered bunters, sluggers and double play combos have they showcased over the years?

VP81955 said...

None of you defending Oklahoma mentioned Kristin Chenoweth, that little giant from Broken Arrow (who had a short-lived NBC sitcom -- no height pun intended -- that Ken directed)?