GIVEAWAY: OMD @ THE 930 CLUB
Jenn Tisdale | Jul 8, 2013 | 2:00PM |

I can count on 600 hands the number of times I’ve discussed the crushing disappointment I felt over Molly Ringwald’s prom dress from Pretty in Pink.  The buildup was intense and the result was a pink potato sack with a lace turtleneck. The only redeeming aspect of that final scene was OMD’s If You Leave playing in the background during Andie and Duckie Dale’s triumphant/defiant entrance.

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Friday 02/24
Paul Zerdin WINNER of Americas Got Talent Live at Arlington Drafthouse @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
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“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act” – The Guardian Paul Zerdin has helped make ventriloquism cool again. 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’s fresh twist on this traditional comedy art has impressed everyone from Her Majesty the Queen onwards. “It is Zerdin’s sharp script that is the heartbeat of the show” – The Times Crucially, Paul Zerdin appeals to both comedy club and mainstream audiences in equal measure. The UK’s number one 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. **** "Pure audience gratifying magic” – Time Out With Paul’s winning combination of technical skill, hilarious ventriloquism, charm and impeccable comic timing, Paul Zerdin’s live shows see him bring to life several very different characters amongst whom are the cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent OAP Albert and precocious infant Baby and in 2012 on his Puppet Master live tour, Paul will be introducing a new character! “I see myself as a one man Muppet sitcom, reining the characters in” commented Zerdin. “The old man has a thing for the ladies and so does Sam who is about to become a teen and knows naughty words. Between the two of them they lead the baby astray and the baby, of course, wants to know everything. I think it is important to have characters that people can relate to rather than, say, talking sheep which are less believable”. Simply put, Zerdin is the man who can make ventriloquism look cool” – The Stage Zerdin, who got the ‘biggest laugh of the night’ at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, according to audience members, also went on to get 5 star reviews at that year’s Edinburgh Festival. Paul returned to Edinburgh to sold-out houses in 2010 and made his debut at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival that year before embarking on a major UK tour with Sponge Fest in 2010/2011. That Paul Zerdin should make his career in show business is not entirely unexpected “my mother was a BBC Radio 2 presenter and my father worked for the BBC World Service, so my sister and I spent a lot of time in the studios”, he reveals. When Paul was 10, a family friend made him a puppet theatre which he used to put on shows. As he is the first to admit, his hobby quickly grew into an obsession. “The real turning point was when I was given a book on ventriloquism by the legendary Ray Alan. By the time I hit my teens I was spending half an hour a day in front of the mirror practising talking without moving my lips.” Having failed his GCSE’s in spectacular style, Zerdin got a job in a magic shop, developing his magic skills along the way. Simultaneously, he was also developing a sideline as a children’s entertainer. “Compared to my friends and their measly paper rounds, I was raking it in!” he laughs. Zerdin made his TV debut as a magician on the BBC’s Tricky Business and shortly afterwards, at the age of just 20, landed a two year contract presenting the Disney produced kids’ programme Rise and Shine for GMTV. In 1996, Paul was the first outright winner – by over 100,000 votes of LWT’s The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. The experience not only raised his profile, but introduced him to Nigel Lythgoe, the man who would go on to create reality shows such as Popstars and American Idol. Lythgoe took the 22 year old Paul under his wing, paving the way for appearances on scores of shows, Tonight at the London Palladium, and Generation Game among them. It was Nigel who gave Paul his first brush with Royalty when he secured him a spot on the Prince’s Trust Gala Show in 1997. “That was a totally surreal experience”, he laughs. “I was sharing a dressing room with Julian Clary, Alan Davies and Frank Bruno with The Spice Girls next door”. By the late nineties it was obvious that traditional variety shows were losing their appeal and it was then that Zerdin decided to introduce stand-up into his routine, a decision that has paid off handsomely. From Ray Alan through to Keith Harris, ventriloquists have been a staple of UK entertainment for years, but it has taken Paul Zerdin to bring his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism to the forefront of contemporary entertainment to truly put ventriloquism on the comedy map.
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Now you have a chance to touch them once, touch them twice…okay hear them…because they are coming to the 930 Club this Saturday! Of course, because we love you so much, we have tickets just for you! To win them just tell us a terribly embarrassing/juicy memory from your prom. Winner will be chosen by COB Friday. GOOD LUCK.

 

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  • Anonymous says:

    Stayed out at the dinner for too long, showed up for the last song – ended up in a room somewhere just to get cold feet and bailed thinking I was past my curfew.

  • Groover says:

    Nobody with an ounce of coolness went to my high school prom. I had at least an ounce, and I didn’t go.

  • Anonymous says:

    Im soo embarrassed to even write this. My family is very conservative so I wasnt permitted to go to prom. I snuck out anyway by pretending i was going to my friends house to study. My parents got wind of it anyway. They called my friend’s house and discovered we had left for prom. So mom & dad drove to the school to take me home..,..To Be Continued

  • prombarrassed says:

    My boyfriend and I and one other couple rented a hotel room on the beach and we had all been drinking. My boyfriend said he was in love with another girl. I got so upset I drank until I blacked out and apparently locked everyone else out of the room. I woke up at dawn and found my friend (who was one half of the other couple we were with) waiting for me to take me home. He had taken everyone else home earlier in the evening and just waited for me in his car. I cringe to this day thinking about that.

  • Mulva says:

    Never actually made it inside. Got drunk on peach schnapps and puked in the limo on the way there. Angry parents picked me up, yelled at me in front of all my friends.

  • Aaron M says:

    Going Solo! enough said!

  • Jeff says:

    I accidentally head butted my prom date on the dance floor. She then fell on the floor and tore her dress. Needless to say, I no longer attempt to dance.