Sherman Hemsley & Friends
Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
On The Town Entertainment Guide
Last, but certainly not least, there was ventriloquist, Pete Michaels. He brought along a trunk full of his own friends . . . Mr. Johnson, a senior citizen with a risqué vocabulary, who came up with such gems as "My wife is a sex fiend --- she wants to make love twice a year." Another wood-headed companion was Buddy, a tough, wise-cracking Italian kid from Brooklyn whom women seem to find irresistible.
Then he enlisted two members of the audience, dressed them up with Sonny & Cher masks which were cleverly equipped with movable jaws, so Michaels could produce mouth action while providing their voices.
The crowning effort of his time on stage came when
the trunk yielded a Luciano Pavarotti clone, treating the crowd to a fully
orchestrated presentation of "Nessun Dorma."
Ocean City Sentinel
Pete Michaels, who closed the show, is a young man with many talents. You've heard of ventriloquists who sing while they drink a glass of water? Michaels not only sings, he sings a la Pavarotti. Luciano would have plotzed to hear Michaels manipulating a puppet that is the spitting image of the opera star, including his white lace handkerchief and portly stature.
Another one of Michaels' interpretations is of a senior citizen who, when asked what was the best part of his day, answered, "Waking Up!"
Michaels has a voice which
sounds so much like Pavarotti's that certain members of the audience -
including a critic from the "big city" - swore Michaels used a recording
of "the voice." He did not!
In Atlantic City
Closing "Sherman Hemsley & Friends" was Pete Michaels. Touted as America's most versatile entertainer, Michaels showed himself to be a ventriloquist of extraordinary talents, using his dummies to espouse pearls of wisdom. Michaels has a range of puppet partners, including his senior citizen pal, "Mr. Johnson," who answered his question, "What's the best part of being a senior citizen?" with the well timed, "waking up."
Another of Michaels' co-stars is a Pavarotti-style
puppet with which he showed a surprising range of his vocal talent.
Michaels and his puppet partner belted out an operatic aria to the
surprise and delight of the unsuspecting crowd. Michaels, who once
received an unprecedented 33 standing ovations, brought the Palace Theater
to its feet once again.
The Atlantic City Press
The most talented Hemsley guest was Pete Michaels.
South Jersey Advisor
Last but not least, Pete Michaels a ventriloquist
will have you amazed with his three different puppets.
Hemsley then introduces his third friend, Pete
Michaels, who is a superb ventriloquist.
Staten Island Advance
In a recent review of "Sherman Hemsley & Friends," the comedy review currently running at the Claridge, my colleague Charles Einstein from the Newark Star-Ledger lauded the performance of Islander Pete Michaels, who performs an amazing ventriloquism routine to anchor the show. In fact, Pete is so good that he actually fooled the reviewer. Mr. Einstein reports that the Luciano dummy "lip-synchs to the real Pavarotti while (Pete) the ventriloquist simply stands there not moving his lips."
Au contraire! For this masterful chapter in his act,
Michaels calls upon his own classical opera training. It is Pete Michaels
who sings the classical aria "Nessun Dorma" ---- without moving
his lips! (Incidentally, the real Luciano has dropped this aria from his
own act, purportedly because he can no longer reach the high notes. But
Pete Michaels can and does!)
Asbury Park Press
Ventriloquist Pete Michaels is a crowd pleaser
who is technically proficient and a cut above average in terms of
material. And yes, that is his voice coming out of a puppet facsimile of
Luciano Pavarotti. It seems one critic suggested in his review of the show
that Michaels lip-syncs to a Pavarotti recording. Now, the audience is
informed before his entrance that Michaels sings everything live
I saved my favorite "Hemsley friend" for last. But I'm not going to tell you anything about him except his name, "Pete Michaels." I want you to see for yourself why I predict that nothing short of an atomic catastrophe can stop this street-smart kid from Staten Island from becoming one of the biggest in the business.
Egg Harbor News
Michaels, who wanted to be an opera singer but broke into show business as
a ventriloquist because of what he called "too many really good
voices out there," wows the audience by exchanging comedic barbs with
his two sidekicks, then singing an opera favorite, Puccini's "Nessun
Dorma," through another dummy -- you guessed it --
"Pavarotti." No lips moving here! It's an amazing routine and an
The show-stopper was Pete
Michaels, whose hilarious display in the lost art of ventriloquism ended
with an uncanny aria from a Luciano Pavarotti Dummy.
Staten Island Advance Article
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