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Lester is the ventriloquist figure of Willie Tyler. They have traveled all over the country performing their special blend of comedy. They have also appeared on many television shows.
Willie Tyler started learning ventriloquism when he was ten years old. He had watched vents such as Paul Winchell on television. He ordered a correspondence course from an ad in Popular Mechanics and started practicing. For a dummy, he used an old doll of his sisters. Eventually he purchased a Jerry Mahoney figure that he painted brown.
If you’re learning ventriloquism, you should spend time studying famous vents like Willie and Lester. Watch how they interact with each other. Who sets up the lines? Who delivers the punchlines? How do they set up jokes and stories? Note their timing. Sometimes a look and a pause can be funnier than a spoken line.