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Local Entertainers Receive Prestigious Award
Bob and Marty Hamill, who entertain six mornings a week at the Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show in Pigeon Forge, TN, were presented with the highest honor a ventriloquist can receive at the 34th International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention: The W.S. Berger Distinguished Service Award. W.S. Berger was the President of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists and founder of the VentHaven Museum, the only one of its kind in the world. The museum sponsors the annual convention.
Mark Wade, the Executive Director for the convention, said, “This award is given to ventriloquists who have excelled not only in the art of ventriloquism, but in the way it is presented. Bob and Marty Hamill are overdue for this presentation.” Bob and Marty have been goodwill ambassadors for the art of ventriloquism for decades.
In his teens, Bob performed free shows for local hospitals, retirement hospitals and the USO. He later became an entertainer on a cruise ship, where he met Marty – the ship’s nurse. Soon after, recognizing her talent for comedy, he made her a part of the act. When stopped at different ports of call, they would often bring their puppets into the countries they visited and entertain at orphanages or hospitals in the area. Bob and Marty have been part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 1998. They started at the Comedy Barn and joined the Blackwoods five years ago. “We are living the dream,” stated Bob. “We are with one of the most inspirational groups of all time, we have the greatest audiences, and we’re finished at noon.”
Bob is about to launch the Pigeon Forge version of the Bob Hamill Variety Show. “It will be a show case for entertainers who need a place to hone their art,” said Bob. “It was so important in my early career to have a place to perform; we played anywhere people needed entertainment. Entertainers need places where they can be bad before they get good. I want to give young and older performers the chance to be in front of the microphone. Details of the Variety Show will be announced soon.”
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