My Las Ve­gas

[Su­per­star Ven­tril­o­quist Las Ve­gas Strip Head­liner]

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Terry Fa­tor Be­fore he won "Amer­ica's Got Tal­ent," Fa­tor was work­ing fairs and ele­men­tary schools. This year, he cel­e­brates his sixth year on the Las Ve­gas Strip.

Terry Fa­tor be­came a house­hold name in 2007 as the win­ner of “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” for his unique blend of ven­tril­o­quism, singing, com­edy and celebrity im­pres­sions. This year, Fa­tor cel­e­brates his sixth an­niver­sary at the Mi­rage, where he brings char­ac­ters such as Win­ston the Im­per­son­at­ing Tur­tle, Vikki the Cougar, coun­try leg­end Wal­ter T. Airdale and many oth­ers to life. Last month, he re­ceived a Concierge Choice Award for Best Las Ve­gas Com­edy Show from the South­ern Ne­vada Ho­tel Concierge As­so­ci­a­tion.

Have you been in­ter­ested in per­form­ing since child­hood?

Oh yeah, from as far back as I can re­mem­ber. One of my very first mem­o­ries is singing a song in front of a bunch of peo­ple and hav­ing them cheer—I re­ally liked that feel­ing!

Once you started do­ing ven­tril­o­quism, what was the first im­pres­sion you did?

Michael Jack­son. I used to love watch­ing Michael Jack­son with the Jack­son 5 on dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety shows; one of the first songs I ever did with a pup­pet was "ABC." I had a lion pup­pet and I named it Jackal Mike­son. It wasn’t a jackal, but to a 10-yearold, that was pretty clever. (Laughs)

Which char­ac­ter in your show has been with you the long­est?

Wal­ter T. Airdale, he’s the coun­try singer—he yo­dels and sings coun­try mu­sic. By the time I turned 18, my mom could see that I wanted to be a pro­fes­sional en­ter­tainer, so she bought me my first pro­fes­sional pup­pet— that’s Wal­ter, he’s still in my act.

Which im­pres­sion in your cur­rent reper­toire is the hard­est?

Well, I do Tay­lor Swift now, and that’s pretty hard. (Laughs) Bruno Mars is pretty hard too.

When was the first time you came to visit Las Ve­gas?

I must have been 21 or 22. I had wanted to head­line in Ve­gas since I was 14 or 15 years old, be­cause to me, it meant you were a top en­ter­tainer. Grow­ing up watch­ing TV in the ‘70s, I al­ways saw mar­quees that said Frank Si­na­tra or Elvis Pres­ley, in Las Ve­gas.

Were there any en­ter­tain­ers here who inspired you? Danny Gans. I had been do­ing im­pres­sions and ven­tril­o­quism

my whole life, but it had never ac­tu­ally hit me that it might be amaz­ing and re­mark­able and peo­ple might love it if I had pup­pets do im­pres­sions. Watch­ing Danny Gans inspired me to make my en­tire act about pup­pets do­ing im­pres­sions. That was in 2005.

What are your fa­vorite things to see and do in Las Ve­gas?

The two shows that I think ev­ery­body should see are Car­rot Top and Mac King. Those are my two fa­vorite com­edy shows; they’re so un­be­liev­ably en­ter­tain­ing. Boyz II Men plays my theater on the week­ends and I’ve got to say, that is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen— in­cred­i­ble. There’s beau­ti­ful har­monies, com­edy—it’s just an amaz­ing show. I love to eat, and T-bones at Red Rock Casino is just one of the best places I’ve ever eaten at. Of course, Si­na­tra at Wynn is great too. And my fa­vorite place to eat at the Mi­rage (I prob­a­bly eat there about 3-4 times a month) is Stack. It’s just one of the best steak­houses you’re ever go­ing to find.

What's your fa­vorite guilty in­dul­gence?

In 2014, I’d rewrit­ten the show so many times, and I was just ex­hausted, so I took six months and sat in my room all day play­ing video games.

Fa­tor with Wal­ter T. Airdale

Fa­tor with Win­ston

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