Puppetmaster comes to Lancaster

Paul Zerdin's Spongefest comes to Lancaster.
Paul Zerdin's Spongefest comes to Lancaster.

THE first ventriloquist to headline the Comedy Store is coming to Lancaster.

Paul Zerdin, who has had more than three million hits on YouTube and guest appearances on Comedy Rocks and the Royal Variety Performance, has been said to be one of the most talented ventriloquists in the world.

Following two sold-out years at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Zerdin embarked on his first UK tour in 2010, and this year sees him return to the live arena this autumn, taking Sponge Fest to previously uncharted venues.

With his fresh twist on this traditional comedy art, Paul is constantly breaking new ground in his shows, which seamlessly blur performance with reality.

Paul uses his ventriloquism skills to such effect that his audience play an integral part in the show, working alongside his puppet characters – the pre-pubescent, cheeky Sam, the belligerent OAP Albert and the precocious infant Baby.

Paul honed his skills from his teens, studying a book written by the late Ray Alan, and working with The Jim Henson Company on the movie Muppet Treasure Island.

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