Ventriloquist Central Video Collecting Series – An Al Semok Figure Used by Johnny Main

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This is Papa Polis, the figure which was created for Johnny Main by Alan Semok the dummy doctor. It is one of two which were made.

This was one of Johnny’s most known characters. His routine with Papa Polis is wonderful.

I hope you enjoy seeing him in this video.

To see more of Papa Polis, click here.

Please feel free to leave your comments.



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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3 Responses to Ventriloquist Central Video Collecting Series – An Al Semok Figure Used by Johnny Main

  1. Just a side note:
    The figure shown in the video IS the fibreglass copy of Papa, which Johnny NEVER used in performances. He always used the original and kept the copy as a backup.

    The correct spelling of the character’s name is Papa Polous. He is not from Greece, he is from Czechoslovakia. (“Come this country lonnnnng distance, short time.”)

    Also, the headstick is signed SEMOK. The original is signed SZEMAK, the Hungarian Spelling of Alan’s last name, which appears on his early figures.

  2. Dan Willinger says:

    Pete thanks for the corrections. I always welcome corrective criticism.

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