Mortimer Snerd and His Effect On Ventriloquist Figure Builders


With the popularity of Edgar Bergen and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd back in the 1930s to 1960s. I think I can safely say that vent figure builders of the day saw the potential for sales if they produced figures that resembled Mortimer Snerd.

I have taken a group of these type Mortimer figures and done a group picture for you to see them. I too think Mortimer was one of the best characters ever created and I think if I had been building back then I too would have dome a rendition.



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2 Responses to Mortimer Snerd and His Effect On Ventriloquist Figure Builders

  1. Phil McConkey says:

    Dan,I think people have always liked the Dumb Goofy figure….this represented personality always gets people smiling and laughing.

  2. Russell Baker says:

    I have an upgraded Mortimer Snerd figure that I use extensively in my shows. I have renamed him “Festus D. Hayseed”. People love his gentle dumbness, which is funny without being mean spirited. While I have other characters, Festus and his goofiness have remained a favorite.

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