Terry Fator Talks Singing, Impressions, Puppets, and More!

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Although Terry Fator is the only name that’s listed when you order your tickets for his show, his performance makes it feel like you’re seeing so many different shows rolled into one! From winning America’s Got Talent to signing one of the biggest contracts in Vegas history, Fator brings the laughs with his spot on impressions, his side-splitting songs, and his cast of hilarious characters. Oh yeah, and he does it all without moving his lips!

Characters aside, we were able to chat with Fator himself, leading up to his hotly anticipated show at the Circus Maximus theater at Caesars Atlantic City on October 6th, and the funny man told us about what it’s like to sing without your lips moving, and how Donald Trump reacted to seeing himself as a puppet.

 

AC Blog: So we had you here at Caesars back in 2014, what changes can fans expect in your upcoming performance?

Terry Fator: I’m always kind of updating and changing and evolving. I like to keep the show fresh for people. I have a couple of new characters that they didn’t see last time I was there. Really, it’s going to be almost a completely different show than what they saw three years ago.

 

AC Blog: What can audiences expect in general from a Terry Fator performance?

TF: It’s a very funny show! People have told me that their sides hurt from laughing so much. They’re going to see a lot of different impressions, and there’s a lot of music too! It’s very music-centric. I’ll be doing probably 40 or 45 different impressions of singers. And I’m still continuing to tell the story of how I went from being a janitor to headlining my own show in Vegas, but now I do it in a different way.

 

AC Blog: That’s an incredible story! You said that’s there’s a lot of singing involved, do you find it harder to sing as a ventriloquist as opposed to just talking?

TF: Absolutely! It’s way harder! And it’s way harder to sing without moving your lips than it is to sing with moving your lips! But I love to sing, so a couple times a month, after my show, I’ll sit for an hour or two at a little piano bar and I just sing, because it’s so much easier to sing with my lips moving than without my lips moving.

 

AC Blog: How did you come up with the idea to combine impressions and ventriloquism? Because I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of anyone else doing that before!

TF: You know, I just always did. From the time I was a kid I could do that! The funny thing is that it never seemed that amazing to me because it came so naturally for me, and it was kind of a revelation to me that people would be amazed at it! And I thought after America’s Got Talent that there were going to be copycats popping up everywhere, and when it didn’t happen, I was confused. Somebody had to point out to me that the reason it hasn’t happened is because they can’t do it.

 

AC Blog: I know you said you added some new characters to the show, and I heard that one of them is a Donald Trump puppet, is he still part of the performance?

TF: Yes! And he is hands down the most popular part of my show. So much so that I just ordered one to bring on the road. And I don’t do political humor, which I know sounds crazy because he’s president and I know he’s very polarizing, but you know Donald Trump from so many other things than just politics, which is why I felt comfortable doing it. I have fun with the bigness of his character, and not the things that people might be politically alienated about. So whether you love Donald or hate Donald, you’re going to love the routine and you’ll be laughing.

 

AC Blog: Have you heard from the president himself about his puppet likeness?

TF: I have, and he approves and thinks it’s funny! I actually sent the routine to a friend of mine who was having dinner with Donald Trump, and I said, “Can you please have Donald watch this and let me know?” because I don’t want to do something that’s going to make anyone mad. I’m not making fun of Donald, I’m having fun with him.

 

AC Blog: Do you have a favorite impression that you do in the show?

TF: Yes, Michael Jackson. Without a doubt. I love doing the Michael Jackson impression. And it’s also one of my best. My wife said that she heard me singing to the radio to Michael Jackson and that it was like one voice. It sounded so much like Michael Jackson that it was really indistinguishable who was Michael and who was me.

 

AC Blog: How do you come up with the ideas for your characters?

TF: The inspiration can hit from anytime, anywhere, any place! You never know. Sometimes, I’ll hear a song, and I’ll think “That’s a great song! I should do an impression of that!” Then I’ll look and see if I have a character that can do it, and if I don’t, I create a character! That’s how a lot of my characters have been created. For example, Winston The Impersonating Turtle didn’t exist, I wanted to do Kermit The Frog, but the Muppets would not allow me to, so I went out and tried to find another reptile or amphibian to do an impression of Kermit. So I found this little turtle and named him Winston, and that’s how he was born!

 

AC Blog: Do you feel like your characters have taken on a mind of their own?

TF: I kind of do, and it’s not that you’re losing grip with reality, but what happens is that you kind of let the character go in their own direction, and let loose the restraints on your brain. There are times where the puppet will say something that is even funny to me because it came through my brain so quickly that I didn’t expect it.

 

For a hilarious evening of puppets doing impressions, ventriloquistic singing, and a lot more fun, you can catch Terry Fator at the Circus Maximus theater at Caesars on October 6th! Click here to get your tickets now!

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