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Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin is without doubt this country’s top ventriloquist.

He began his career as a magician at the age of 15 and, after ruining his GCSE’s, decided that the only thing he could do was to go into showbusiness. For the next five years he appeared up and down the country on the club and holiday camp circuit honing his magic while slowly introducing his stand-up comedy and ventriloquism. At the age of 20 he landed his first proper TV job as presenter on GMTV’s children’s programme ‘Rise and Shine’.

Some years later Paul won ITV’s nationwide ‘The Big Big Talent Show’ hosted by Jonathan Ross. Since then he has appeared regularly on the Royal Variety Show and on ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium with Bruce Forsyth. Among many other TV shows, Paul has appeared in Shirley Bassey’s 60th Birthday Special for LWT (during which his puppet, Sam, had the nerve to sing one of Shirley’s own songs to her), BBC1’s Generation Game, ‘Late Night With Jerry Springer’, Open House with Gloria Hunniford, Today with Des and Mel and, for Sky TV, ‘Undercover Magic’. He’s starred in TV commercials, too, for Kelloggs, Persil and Honda, and has entertained British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stage shows include The Paul Zerdin Show to sell-out summer audiences in Blackpool, and “Paul Zerdin – No Kids” at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

Christmas 2007 saw Paul’s 13th year in Pantomime appearing as ‘Buttons’ in “Cinderella” alongside Nigel Havers at the Richmond Theatre, London.

Christmas 2008 Paul starred alongside John Barrowman in the box office smash  hit “Robin Hood” at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

2009 has already been a packed year , with shows in Las Vegas, Cape Town, Shanghai and Beijing (yes, really!)  and most recently touring the UK with The Joe Pasquale Show – after a sell out show at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“Every now and then you stumble across a finished article, a show so polished it shines. Paul Zerdin: Sponge Fest is one of these shows. A ventriloquist at the top of his game, Zerdin is so sure of his skills and so in control of his material that he isn’t just performing – he’s showing off, clearly having as much of a laugh as his audience.”
- The Scotsman

He is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle and has just been voted the best ventriloquist in his family.

Quotes:

Just to underline that the big names were not going to get it all their own way, the loudest applause went to Paul Zerdin who is reviving the unfashionable art of ventriloquism- The Times

If you think the words ‘brilliant’ and ‘ventriloquist’ have no place in the same sentence, go and see Paul Zerdin for some brutal re-education” – Evening Standard

The best ventriloquist Britain has discovered for many years, who has mastered the knack of being acceptable to both comedy club and family audiences” – The Stage

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