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Kevin Johnson's skill as a ventriloquist is unmatched. After you give up trying to catch his lips moving the magic really begins. Yes, even Kevin thinks the birds are REAL!
If you want classic entertainment with contemporary comedy, Kevin Johnson and his cast of characters are your entertainment solution.
"Very, very impressive. I've never seen anything like that."
“Johnson is a ventriloquist. In fact, a right fine ventriloquist. I tell you, Bergen would move his lips, Kevin never does.”
-USA Today, March 2006
“Kevin Johnson's seriously funny”
Fun World Magazine, April 2002
”I could watch Kevin Johnson for hours. He's the best ventriloquist I've ever seen, and the show is so funny.”
North County Times, October 1999
“No, his lips didn't move. And after a while, it didn't matter because the crowd had bought into the believability of his characters. They watched the birds, not Johnson. And they laughed.”
Modesto Bee, January 1998
Kevin has been a ventriloquist nearly all his life. It all started when he was 9 years old, after his parents gave him his first pull-string dummy for Christmas. Having no formal training, he taught himself the art of ventriloquism over a 4 year period. He developed his technique from a parrot. It intrigued him that parrots could speak so clearly without the use of lips. So he re-learned how to speak all together with the use of his tongue and his throat. Is it any wonder that his two closest friends, Clyde and Matilda are birds?
Kevin was introduced to the stage by his grandfather Harley Noles, who performed magic shows throughout Colorado. He told Kevin, “If you get good enough, you can open for my show.” At the age of 13, he opened for his grandfather with a 5 minute act with a wooden puppet (Raymond), that his grandfather made for him.
A new character has recently been added to Kevin’s show as a tribute to his grandfather, right down to his name, Harley. Adult audiences love this guy. He holds nothing back and believes he is a real ladies man.
Although you’ll never see Kevin’s mouth move, the real magic happens with the believability of his characters. You’ll fall in love with Matilda, laugh hysterically with Clyde and relate awkwardly with Harley. Throughout his show you’ll see and experience different variations of ventriloquism. From an audience participant becoming one of Kevin’s puppets to a magical drawing board coming to life, his show is a hit to every age. He has a unique ability to appeal to children, seniors and everyone in between.
Kevin is mostly recognized from his 2006 appearance on NBC’s primetime show America’s Got Talent. More than 18 million viewers were amazed by his “Godzilla Theater” and Simon Cowell told Kevin, “America loves you.”
In February 2007, Kevin achieved one of his lifelong goals when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
He recently finished a 9 year run at San Diego’s Legoland California Theme Park where he performed 8,824 shows. He is currently performing during the Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Legoland California nominated him for the Big E Awards through IAAPA and won the honor of “Best Male Performer” in 2004 and 2006! Kevin is the only performer to be recognized twice. IAAPA is the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and includes attractions from over 90 countries.
From corporate events to cruise ships, Kevin has always been known for his “clean comedy” and is loved and appreciated by audiences of all ages.