Born in Colorado, Kevin Johnson started the art of ventriloquism when he was nine years old. At first he started with a pull-string dummy he had gotten for Christmas. Having no experience with ventriloquism, Kevin taught himself the art over a four-year period. His second figure was given to him by his grandfather Harley Noles. The figure was named Raymond, however, Kevin has not used him since 1991 when an audience of children was frightened by the realism of the figure. After that, Kevin decided to go with “soft” and cartoonish figures instead.
In 1983, Johnson was introduced to Clyde the Buzzard in his native state of Colorado, and performed his first “real” show with his grandfather. Nearly 10 years later, in 1991, Kevin was introduced to Matilda the Cockatoo. After adding Matilda to Clyde to become a trio, he would astound audiences with unique and interesting gags.
After graduating from college, Johnson started performing at the San Diego Zoo in 1994. Then, Johnson auditioned at Legoland California to pursue his art full time. In 2004 and 2006, Johnson was presented the “Best Male Performer” award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
In June 2006, Johnson appeared on the NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent’. He amazed the audience and the judges with his signature “Godzilla Theater” performance, during which his voice and the voices of his puppets are out of synchronization with their mouth movements. Johnson also received critical praise for his February 2007 performance on The Late Show with David Letterman’s Ventriloquist Week.