The Imposter Syndrome

I was listening to a radio program about entrepreneurs while driving the other day. I tend to listen to business and creative program topics. A belief that what goes in can take root and blossom into something good in my life. So back to the program. The host was...

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It’s Labor Day, So I Am Taking Off!

It’s Labor Day, So I Am Taking Off!

I actually need a day off. Maybe more. In the states it is Labor Day, where we celebrate work by taking time off ... Until next week - keep making folks laugh!

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Know Your Audience

Know Your Audience

I attended a show with some friends. The audience was a mixture of adults and children. More adults, but there were at least 30 kids mixed in. A family crowd to be sure. The first act (who usually works comedy clubs) came onstage and opened with a...

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Something Different

Something Different

Ordinarily I write thoughts on ventriloquism, the business and tips for vents. This week though, I wanted to share something that came to my inbox. It was PR for a UK group called Two Door Cinema Club. I'll share their PR release, along with some thoughts...

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If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

I was reading a post on company values. I'm a firm believer that if you look just inside your own art that you stagnate. You begin to copy others or become a slightly altered alternative. The more you read, the more you know. The more you study other forms...

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Your Audience

Your Audience

Have you ever gone to a show and been underwhelmed? I know I have. I was performing at a county fair a few years ago. All my shows were well attended. Laughs were coming fast and people were "with" me. People were returning again and again. They would...

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Being A Professional Ventriloquist Is Tough

Being A Professional Ventriloquist Is Tough

I was 21 years old when I became a professional entertainer. Today, I am closing rapidly on 57, which means I've spent the last 36 years of my life trying to earn a living by making people laugh. Wow, 36 years! I had hair! And a 1974 light blue Ford Pinto...

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Another Look Inside The Maher Mailbag

Today I am once again opening my mailbag to share another of the most frequent email questions I get.As with the last time, I have merged several recent emails together to create this. I don't want anyone to feel as if I am singling them out. Each email I...

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The ConVENTion Is Here!

The ConVENTion Is Here!

By the time you read this, I will already be in Erlanger, KY.Sounds like I hit the big time, huh?Actually, Erlanger, Kentucky is the epicenter of ventriloquism this week.That is because Erlanger Kentucky is the home of the Cincinnati Airport Holiday Inn,...

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The Maher Mailbag – Career Advice

Today I am opening my mailbag to share one of the most frequent questions I get. I have merged several recent emails together to create a form. Each email seems to include these or similar lines: How To Go Pro ... I am an amateur ventriloquist. I currently...

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