Ventriloquist Pete Michaels and Woody D Uptown

Our good friend ventriloquist Pete Michaels sent us this video link that was from the FOX TV Show “Uptown Comedy Club.”

I have to tell you Pete is a great manipulator of his ventriloquist figure Woody D. We always talk about all the functions in a figure but just watch Pete work with his figure Woody which has moving mouth and side to side eyes only. He really comes to life under the control of Pete proving that all the different functions in the world really make no difference. If you know how to manipulate less is more.

Here’s Pete’s email:


Hi Dan;

Here’s a video of Woody D. in all his glory!
This was from the FOX TV Show “Uptown Comedy Club.”

Here is a perfect example of Manipulation at its finest. Woody only has a moving mouth and moving eyes, but the manipulation is the key.
I actually had some audience members swear they saw Woody breathing, LOL!

Notice in the video, Woody does nearly ALL the talking and moving. Manipulation lessons I learned from my friends Johnny Main, Alan Semok, and many others.
Even the camera guys focused on Woody and followed his movements and “expressions.” And the Lip Control ani’t bad either!

Please share this with your members!


Pete Michaels

If you have never seen Pete Michaels perform then you are in for a treat he is really terrific.



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to:

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