A question I receive all the time is if it is ok to use a character made famous by someone else in their act. The answer to me is pretty clear. If you use the character and do the same act with this character then you are blatantly stealing and this is a no no.
You really have to make your own act and have your characters fit your act. The fact that they look like someone else’s character to me is OK as long as the act is different.
In the early days of Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney there quite a number of other ventriloquists that were using Frank Marshall Nosey figures which looked just like Jerry.
The Nosey figure was one of Frank Marshall’s most popular figure and therefore it was being used by a lot of vents. Terry Bennett was a terrific ventriloquist and his Marshall figure named Red Flannels is a perfect example. Red Flannels and Jerry Mahoney looked alike yet the 2 characters were completely different.
Both were performing in the 1960’s and there was never a problem. They were different acts.
So As I said if you create a character of your own and are using a figure that looks like someone else’s it matters not. Now please remember this is my opinion so if you have your own thought please let me know.
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