"Can a dummy find justice in a human world?"
Is the world ready for... Dummy Noir?
VAN TRILLO & SAM SUEDE aren't your typical private eyes.
For one thing, Van Trillo is a ventriloquist.
For another, his partner Sam Suede, is a real dummy.
An actual dummy. Wood and suede and big googly eyes and Van's hand stuck up his -- oh, sorry, don't want to give away too many of the gags...
Anyway, the theory is that when Trillo uses Sam to interrogate suspects, they'll be so unnerved that they'll spill the beans.
Well, it's a theory, anyway.
But it's the hook ion which a couple of goofy but ambitious films by real-life Noo Yawk ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner hang.
Geffner, thePR says, "is a better ventriloquist than Edgar Bergen."
Which begs the question... just how good a ventiloquist do you have to be to be better than a guy who did his act on the radio?
But the films, Oxford Park, a 2006 short, and the currently-in-production feature While the Village Sleeps are some kind of good old-fashioned fun, full of pun-filled anarchy, irreverence, subversive wit and surprising heart. And an occasional joke so groan-worthy you may need hospitalization.
I'd say they're like the Muppets on crack, but the Muppets are already on crack.
Geffner, along with a colourful slew of puppet pals, has been entertaining audiences of all ages and sizes throughout the USA for years, both live and on television. He and his buddies have also appeared in several award-winning anti-drug PSAs that are currently being shown in thousands of schools across the country.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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