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  Fairs & Festivals
  Joe and his "Bilingual Family Entertainment cast" perform at fairs and festivals coast-to-coast.

Joe Gandelman & Friends provide more than just a show. The list is long but a few of the many additional features performed at fairs and festivals are:

Big-laugh shows tested and constantly honed before national audiences. Each show is packed with big laughs, music, interaction and is appealing to all ages. Joe goes for a fast-pace and high-laugh ratio -- and he can easily adjust the show for each age group (small children, teens, seniors, all-ages-family). Joe urges events to slate his show several times a day.

Optional walk-around in between shows at no additional cost. Joe enjoys doing walk-around to bring entertainment to guests who can t make slated shows and to let people know about the next show. Since he "switches off" using various characters during his "strolling comedy," guests roar with delight when he shows up with another crazy character. (See Corporate Shows for more on his strolling ventriloquism technique). Some events have hired Joe for his famous walk-around comedy alone.

A state-of-the-art cast of wooden "dummies" and latex and cloth puppets. John Raven can wink, stick out his tongue, wiggle his ears and shake hands.

A BIG CAST of characters. A show may include "star" John Raven, the genie head-in-the box, the grumpy bulldog, opossum, nervous turkey, baby and even a green Martian! Joe changes his "cast" from time to time.

Bilingual shows: Some parts and songs in Spanish (Joe was a journalist in Spain and covered border issues for the San Diego Union newspaper before he went full-time).

A show that fits many venues: It has been performed on huge stages, on grounds-stages, main stages, in tiny tents, on risers -- even on the back of a pick-up truck and in a Pig Barn Arena.

How-to-do-ventriloquism workshops. Available upon request.

Feedback on Joe's August 2012 eleven day appearance at the Colorado State Fair:

"While Miss Rodeo Colorado Cassidy Cabot signed autographs in the Agriculture Pavilion, comic ventriloquist Joe Gandelman & Friends (an elephant, dragon, alien and bear among them) delighted Fairgoers seated in the shade near the Pepsi Stage. (The show runs twice daily throughout the expo and includes a quick lesson in his art for kids brave enough to join him onstage and don silly wigs). -- 8/28/2012 The Pueblo Chieftan

Nothing less than 100 percent: To help out fairs and festivals Joe has visited schools, gone on early morning television news shows to plug events, done live TV interviews from venues, walked in parades (with a "dummy"), visited corporate sponsors booths and businesses and done special shows for special audiences on special days.

Customized shows: He can easily customize his show to the fair/festival s needs. He can also create special characters and song parodies, upon request.

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(Click on any of the shows listed below for more info.)
Corporate Shows
Fairs & Festivals
School Assemblies and Family Nights
Anti-Bullying Program
Adult Private Parties and Group Shows
Children's/Family Private Parties, Shows
Scout Troups
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What people have said ...

"Joe was very easy to work with. He was always punctual and performed his act without asking for any extras. I sat down an watched one of his shows with my four-year-old grandson. Joe put on a wonderful show! As I looked around the crowd, everyone was smiling and laughing out loud -- from my grandson's age to the adults who were there with their children or just watching on their own. Joe interacted with the kids by having some come on stage with him. After his show and throughout the fair, Joe was followed by kids who had watched the show. He was great with them and always took the time to visit them. I know that Joe's father was ill during the time he was at our fair and he was very concerned about him, but he didn't let that interfere with his job." --Teton County Fair, Jackson, Wyoming.

"I would highly recommend Joe for any fair or festival. Joe has the ability to attract a crowd for every performance, whether it is strolling or a stage show. He attracts the young as well as the young at heart." --Central Texas State Fair, Belton, TX

"The Big Horn County Fair has hired Joe to work on the free stage for [several fairs]. Joe is very easy to work with and is always on time for his performances. He is always ready to help the fair in any way he can. I would say that he is one of my most watched performers. And the pre-teenagers all enjoy Joe." --Big Horn County Fair, Basin, Wyoming

"Your professionalism, humor and willingness to go above and beyond are some of the reasons that I am happy to recommend your services. Your shows were well-received by our guests and there was not a requeset from our staff that was not accomodated in a timely fashion. Looking forward to seeing you down the road!" --Imperial Valley Expo/California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta

"Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for four GREAT days of outstanding ventriloquism at The Kings Fair! As you know, Fair attendance was up by 18% and we think it was, part, due to that wise-cracking puppet John Raven! I was told you and your puppets were one of the most popular events at fairs. The Kings Fairs guarenteed folks "a fun time" watching and listening to you..and you delivered You were friendly, timely, easy to work with -- and most importantly GREAT ENTERTAINMENT." --The Kings Fair, Hanford, CA

"It was great working with Joe. He was well received at all of his shows and seeing that we had a sizable Hispanic audience o Saturday and Sunday he added Spanish to his performances. Having worked in the entertainment industry for the last 30 years I have come to appreciate entertainers who literally have their act together." --Colusa County Fair, Colusa, CA

"Joe Gandelman has been a very intricate part of our entertainment at both High Desert Spring Fetival and the Desert Empire Fair numerous times. Joe's acts whether on stage of strolling NEVER CEASE to draw a huge crowd of both adults and children. My staff and I have found Joe to be extremely cooperative and responsive to our needs and requests." --Desert Empire Fair

"We were very happy with Joe Gandelman and his performances. Joe had a good crowd each performance and kept everyone laughing. I would recommend his services to anyone." --Curry County Fair, Clovis, NM

"We hope you had as much fun as we did. Your 'silliness' was good for all of us. Thanks for adding your talents and for bringing your star attraction John Raven. He's the one getting all the fan mail." --Monterey County Fair, Monterey, CA

"You delighted thousands of people in various areas of the grounds with your unique blend of entertainment. The children really liked the dummy, John Raven. You and John are easy to work with and provide a unique form of fun accessible to all areas of the fairgrounds.

Our sponsor was pleased with the exposure you gave them and the ability to work their booth daily during the Fair. You certainly provide smiles and fun for people of all ages!" --Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT

"You and your friends were just terrific! The way you managed to captivate the audience was absolutely amazing. The characters seem to alive and full of life that one could not help but feel that your special friends were perhaps human. It s entertainers like yourself that have helped our festival to achieve the continued success we have seen over the years." --Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, CA

"You were professional, worked diligently and you were certainly entertaining. Not only did the children enjoy the show, but the adults as well. Your performances added variety and fun to our line up." --Del Mar Fair, Del Mar, Ca

"You and your friends are the Cats Meow! In other words: Wonderful! Joe Gandelman and Friends made us proud." --Decatur Celebration, Decatur, IL

"Laredoans are much richer after sharing your unique experience with us. Young and young-at-heart" alike were entertained by your delightful characters, rich sense of humor and audience involvement.

"You were very professional and easy to work with. Everyone was obviously comfortable with you. Your love for your work and your ability to connect with your audience should ensure you continued success. Thank you for everything!" --H.E.B.. Children s Fun Fest, Laredo, TX

"It was truly a pleasure to work with you and our "friends." Our staff continues to receive compliments from festival-goers who saw one of your shows. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performances." --Riverfest, Evansville, IN

"Your performances were enjoyed by audiences ranging in age from pre-school to senior citizen. I personally appreciate your cooperation and flexibility in working with last minute changes. Please include the Washington County Fair as another of your satisfied clients." --Washington County Fair, Brenham, TX

"Thank you for bringing your talents and energy to our folk festival. We are still receiving positive response from people who attended your show at the main stage.

"I especially liked the way you immediately got the children involved and the way that each of your characters had a personality of his own. Your show had a wide appeal and I was very pleased to see the parents and adult spectators having as much fun as the children.

"Your ability to get children interested in your craft was apparent during the workshop. Your enthusiasm for what you do and your love of children was very heartwarming and infectious. You were able to make each child --young and old -- believe that he or she could be a ventriloquist.

"You were easy to work with and that is very important to us due to the size of our production. We loved your act -- and so did the children." --Boulder Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Boulder, CO

"The Houston County Chamber of Commerce would like to say Great Show. Everyone we talked with had great things to say about your show. The children were ecstatic and the grownups were in pain with laughter." --Houston County Chamber of Commerce, Crockett, TX

"Thank you again for the GREAT shows you did for us at our festival. Your shows were well received and enjoyed by all. We had many favorable comments about your shows and your walk-around with John (the "star" dummy) was a big hit, as was your skill as a ventriloquist -- and your love of performing. Truly a professional act!" --Lemon Grove Old Time Days, Lemon Grove, CA

"Young and old alike joined in the laughter and participation. This act is great for the young or the young-at-heart. We were pleased to see Joe s act creating laughter and leaving the audience wanting more." --The Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, Kerrville, TX

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