Ventriloquist Terry Fator will perform Aug. 23 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
Fator won Season 2 of “America's Got Talent” and has been selling out shows in Las Vegas for a decade with his cast of characters.
He answered some questions via email. The responses have been edited.
Q. Who was the first person that believed in you?
A. I think what's truly important is you have to believe in yourself. Despite a lot of early setbacks, I never lost faith. But in a lot of ways that's because Darrell Johnson and his wife, Sissy, taught me to believe in myself.
They made me feel I could do anything. Except play for the Dallas Cowboys. Something about me being too short, too slow and too chubby.
Q. Laughter is the goal, of course. But is there anything else you want your audience to experience or take away from the show?
A. Take away merchandise – but only if they pay for it. Truth is, I want them to leave with the feeling I gave them a total once-in-a-lifetime Vegas experience, that it was a show that is very 2019 and also very classic Vegas.
Q. Forget the chicken and the egg. What comes first, the puppet or the voice?
A. Puberty. Until the voice changes, nothing else is possible.
But now that I'm a bit older, it's the character, the puppet. The process is long but fun. Each of my characters has not just a personality but a story which enables me to make sure they are unique and different. Once I have that, I figure out which voice to use.
Q. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage?
A. I think it's important for any entertainer, right before walking onstage, to make sure he or she is wearing pants, and – if they are – make sure their fly is closed. Unless you're Miley Cyrus. Then all bets are off.
Q. If you had a car with a bumper sticker that said “Honk if you love (blank),” what is in the blank that might surprise people?
A. The Journal Gazette.
Wait, that seems like I'm trying to suck up. How about “Honk if you love chicken fried steak.” If you've never had it you've never lived.
If you go
What: Terry Fator
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23
Where: Ford Theater, Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash
Admission: Tickets start at $45; HoneywellCenter.org or 260-563-1102; remaining seating is limited