Ray Allen & Lord Charles

Often referred to as Britain's top ventriloquist, I thought it interesting to read that Ray Allen's "Lord Charles" character was inspired by the face of Stan Laurel..."just change the hair and put a monocle on it - that's the face I want", Allen is quoted. He toured with Laurel and Hardy during the early 1950s.

Allen appeared frequently on television variety shows for over 30 years (1950s-1980s). He died recently (May 24, 2010) at the age of 79.

I especially like his answer to the question as to his relationship with Lord Charles. Allen replied, "I'm not one of those ventriloquists who thinks he's real. When I finish my work I put it back into the tool box and I don't take it out again until the next job."

The photo here was sent to me by Keith Suranna, and it will serve as our prize today. The winner is: Oscar Romero.


  1. I have never seen any of his shows, does anyone have any that they can send to this Blog. Thanks, Bill Duff

  2. Here is an example of his absolute genius. Enjoy!