“Everyone had an invisible playmate when they were young, but mine used to talk back … and everyone else was able to hear him.” The ranting of a mad child? Not at all. These are the words of Brad Cummings when asked to describe his early fascination with ventriloquism. A fascination that would lead him to become one of today’s most successful and innovative ventriloquists.
Years of practice paid big dividends for Brad as he grew older. By the late 70’s, he packed his bags (which included his clothes , his toothbrush, and his dummies) and left the humble security of Wellesley, Massachusetts to pursue a career in show business. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood, Brad became a popular performer at some of L.A.’s most respected Comedy Clubs, including The Improvisation and The Ice House. The early 80’s gave this now seasoned performer a chance to expand and travel with his much sought after act. He was hired as an opening act for such stars as John Denver, Captain & Tennille, and Dorothy Hamill. In addition to these tours, he also starred in main showroom revues in Lake Tahoe, Reno, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas.
All of the above mentioned is but a precursor for what Brad Cummings has become today. He has more than conquered the art of ventriloquism, he has taken it to a new plateau. With his innovative approach, unusual characters, and unique presentation, it’s no doubt that he is now a recognizable face in the media. His many television appearances (Evening at the Improv, Comedy on the Road, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comic Strip Live, The Vicki Show, etc.) have allowed millions of people to witness his ground breaking style of ventriloquism. He can also be seen on many television commercials and is the “on air” spokesman for Breath Assure. No wonder the prestigious Smithsonian Magazine called him “one of today’s top ventriloquists.”
And in spite of (or perhaps because of) his breaking with the traditional ventriloquist approach, he has also become a favorite at corporate meetings and conventions, entertaining such companies as Fujitsu and Toshiba, and even some American sounding companies.
As a result of his overwhelming success, Brad Cummings now speaks with the voice of experience … and a good part of the time without even moving his lips.