Jay Johnson 2012-B Hall of Fame Coin

We've known Jay Johnson since he was a teen performing in and around his home community in Texas.  But it was his role as Chuck Campbell in the TV series, SOAP, where he achieved national fame.   The show ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981 and was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas.  Chuck portrayed a ventriloquist who believed his puppet character named Bob was real and demanded everyone treat Bob as human.  The lines were skillfully written, delivered, and funny!   The timing of this popular show on TV proved very beneficial to Maher Studios.   Many viewers were inspired to try their hand as ventriloquists and demand for the Maher Course (and figures) increased significantly during the years the show was aired, and was often referenced when fans contacted our office.  Jay went on to star in the CBS series, Broken Badges, and made guest appearances on dozens of other network shows.  In 2007 Jay won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for his original Broadway production The Two and Only.  He is the only ventriloquist in history to win a Tony Award.  The Two and Only is currently being prepared for a Fall presentation to be filmed live for DVD release.  (You may enter to win free tickets to this Sept. 15th show: http://www.facebook.com/#!/JJTwoandOnly?sk=app_192229990808929)  In the spirit of the Olympics, it is my pleasure to present Jay Johnson a Hall of Fame "Gold Medal" award!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8/08/2012

    I've been a fan of Jay's since i first saw him on "Sha-na-na" in the 1970's, which i believe pre-dated his "soap" VENTure, as he was still using "Squeeky" as his main character, who i REALLY miss! I met him at the 1990 conVENTion, & ended up sitting with his wonderful parents during his lecture. Jay is truly a wonderful gentleman, & deserves this honor. Bill Smith