Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin
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Paul is well-known for his mastery of puppeteering, use of state-of-the-art animatronics and his unique brand of edgy comedy.

His show features favourite characters such as Sam, Albert and Baby, as well as the addition of Paul’s new bodyguard, an urban fox. There is always lots of audience participation!

In the often predictable world of straight stand-up, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is a veritable breath of fresh air, bringing a whole host of characters to the stage and a whole vat of laughter with them.

It’s a quirk of British theatre that a man can get a standing ovation for spending the best part of 75 minutes (for theatre shows) on a stage talking to himself. It goes without saying that Paul’s skills are top notch – there’s not a hint of movement from his lips and he has a strong command of a range of different voices but it’s his control of the puppets and sense of timing that brings his characters to life!

From the Royal Variety Performance to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to India’s comedy circuit, Montreal’s Just For Laughs and UK tours with his Sponge Fest show and forthcoming Puppet Master tour, Paul Zerdin’s ventriloquism has impressed everyone from Her Majesty the Queen onwards. The UK ventriloquist’s career has included appearances on everything from the Royal Variety Performance, Paramount and Comedy Central’s, The World Stands Up to ITV Daybreak, BBC TV’s The One Show, Sky News and Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks.

His auditions for America's Got Talent racked up millions of views on YouTube and Paul is currently developing TV projects in both the UK and the US.

With Paul’s winning combination of technical skill, hilarious ventriloquism, charm and impeccable comic timing, his live shows see him bring to life several very different characters amongst whom are cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent OAP Albert and precocious infant Baby. 

"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."
5 Stars - The Scotsman

"Paul Zerdin is in a league of his own. That he's the UK's most accomplished and well-known ventriloquist is beyond doubt. What's most impressive about his latest show is how rich a canvas he creates from his honed skill. You can't help but to be won over with this set which is not just polished but very well-constructed. What this show does is to invoke a precious, childish sense of joy. The conclusion is pure audience-gratifying magic."
Time - Out

"Zerdin is a powerful stage presence. Having been a regular TV guest, surely its only a matter of time before he is fronting his own show."
The Herald - Scotland

"Zerdin confirms my thoughts that if anyone is to take the genre's recent renaissance a step further it is acts like his. Simply put, Zerdin is the man who can make ventriloquism look cool."
The Stage

"Zerdin has a sense of comic timing that other comedians should take note of, and an amazing skill which seperates him from others. When you are not laughing you are simply in awe."
Three Weeks - Edinburgh Festival

"With a mix of well written script and improvisation, Zerdin provides a show of non-stop mirth, including the first spate of uncontrollable laughter I've experienced this festival. In an explosive opening few minutes, he not only has the audience laughing, clapping and cheering, but he's also picked his main victim for the night."
Allthefestivals.com

"Zerdin is the one who can make it look cool, leaving many of his contemporaries in the genre behind."
Edinburgh Fringe Review

"Paul Zerdin is no dummy. A ventriloquist for the South Park generation."
The Stage

"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

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

"Yes, ventriloquists can be funny too. Zerdin's puppets are sharp - tongued, malicious little bastards. Avoid the front row, especially if you're ugly"
The Observer

"The characters on display here - a precocious babyTM, a bratty teenager and a deaf, old professor type - are endearingly expressive in their own right, but it is Zerdin's sharp script that is the heartbeat of the show"
The Stage

"It is almost inevitable that the telegenic Paul Zerdin will soon be coming at ya from the box in the corner, he is so fast you will believe you hear him and the dummy speak simultaneously"
The Edinburgh Herald

"Paul Zerdin and his ginger - nut sidekick SamTM didn't so much steal the show as pull off the Light Entertainment equivalent of the Brink's - Mat raid"
The Sun

"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

"The one time magician has the pop star looks to attract a whole new audience to the much maligned speciality of ventriloquism"
The North West Gazette

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