By William Andersen*

Ventriloquism is accomplished by the use of the spoken word. It is essential to the act that the ventriloquist speaks clearly and correctly. That means that the performer must know and use correct grammar. . . . Most people hear good grammar on radio and television, from speakers, and acquaintances; and they can quickly identify errors in grammar.

When you perform you will be evaluated by the audience. If you speak correctly they recognize it ... however, if you do not speak properly it will be noticed and a negative judgment made. They may think you cannot be much good if you do not even know how to talk correctly.

Sometimes errors by the figure can be humorous and receive a good laugh. The listeners do not expect the little fellow to be perfect and when he makes a mistake they may laugh. That does not work the same for the ventriloquist. They expect him to know better and to be proper in his usage.

The moral of the story is quite simple. If you want to be accepted by your audience, and you want them to think about what you are saying rather than how you say it, you had better be certain to use good grammar in your act. ... If you are not certain of your grammar, get some help.
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*This post was condensed from the chapter on "Grammar" from Andersen's book: Ventriloquism From A-V. See more about this book Here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10/11/2009

    MY grammar's FINE! & so's my GRAMMPAR! HA! W.S.