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Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!

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Ventriloquism has a controversial and sordid history. Besides the daily Dick Cheney/George Bush routine, the Oracles of Delphi are suspected of being ventriloquists. It was considered spiritual, but mostly condemned as demonism throughout history. Within the 20th century, it transformed into performance.

Jay Johnson: The Two & Only! is an autobiography that includes the biography ventriloquism itself. Johnson goes far beyond the traditional stick control puppet and applies puppetry to everyday objects. It is quick wit and laugh-out-loud the whole way through.

However, L.A. Times theatre critic, Charles McNulty, was not impressed at all. The newly appointed critic, an OBIES judge himself, brought on an abundance of reader reviews telling him he was dead wrong. Cadre or not, their comments most likely led to another article four days later - a very neutral story by another staff writer.