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Nina Conti is a ventriloquist/stand-up comedian (I’ve included a recording of her stand-up routine at the end of the post). Here is a pilot they (she and her monkey Monk) shot for the BBC. It’s actually a really clever integration of documentary-style filming and making people suspend disbelief and hold a conversation with a woman and her monkey hand puppet. Funny.

That was part one of three. Here’s part two:

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It’s about time I post something funny. Because, puppets are funny. Here is an example. Jeff Dunham is a pretty famous ventriloquist. Really, this is the only kind of stand-up comedy I can stand watching. Here is Dunham on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sept 21, 2006. He has his curmudgeony old southern man Walter with him.

And here’s a second video with Dunham and a different puppet, a crazy purple monster named Peanut. Peanut is actually much more funny than Walter, in my opinion. 🙂 Even though he does have a terrible TV catch phrase, “That’s gooooooood!” Several other characters come out, resulting in some impressive back-and-forth:

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The television show Britain’s Got Talent just finished. One act it featured in the finals was Damon Scott and his monkey puppet Bubbles. I only know about this show from YouTube (ITV not available in the US), but it looks like a hybrid of American Idol (three judge format with Simon Cowell as judge number 3), with variety-act talent show performances. This puppet act amazingly went all the way. It is quite funny…

This came after Simon didn’t like Damon’s semi-final performance with a different monkey, and singing from Damon which may not have been implemented very well (but was still a very good performance). Here’s that video:

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