‘America’s Got Talent’ ventriloquist to be Planet Hollywood’s next headliner


In May, when you say “seeing the ventriloquist who won ‘America’s Got Talent’,” you’ll have to be a little more specific.

Last year’s NBC talent show winner Paul Zerdin is moving into Planet Hollywood, just down the Strip from Season 2 winner Terry Fator at The Mirage.

The British Ventriloquist opens April 30, with tickets ranging from $42 to $97 for a show that runs at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Zerdin will share the theater with singer-songwriter Frankie Moreno, who was announced last week as the 9 p.m. headliner.

Both shows will be produced by Base Entertainment, which operates the venue and produced last season’s “America’s Got Talent” winner Mat Franco at The Linq.

Zerdin got a chance to get his hands on Planet Hollywood in October, when he and two of the other “Talent” winners played there for a weekend as part of the talent contest’s promised prize.

“You used to have an image when you said the word ‘ventriloquist,'” Zerdin said last fall. “He was a weird-looking old guy with a dodgy-looking scary doll, who they saw in the movies, become a psychopathic killer.”

“But now it’s gotten cooler,” he added. “I can’t tell you how excited I am, not just for the art, but for myself in general.”

Zerdin is well established in the UK but hadn’t played much in the US before ‘Talent’.

“My plan was, if it hadn’t gone well, I could have gotten on a plane home and nobody would have known any better, and if I had been humiliated on national television in America, that didn’t matter, because it’s a different country. What I forgot was social media. There’s no escaping it,” he said. last fall.

However, Zerdin’s victory came with sweeps from veteran Las Vegas performer Ronn Lucas and touring ventriloquist David Strassman, who both said Zerdin’s routines went too far in copying their own beyond of the natural overlap of gender.

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