*(Hollywood, CA) – Legendary ventriloquist Willie Tyler and his partner from the “wood” Lester appeared live on ActorsE Chat, Friday, April 24th with host Ron Brewington.
It’s a wonderful interview as Tyler tells how he got his first big break with Motown Records in the 1960’s. The anecdotes fly as Lester responds when asked questions like if he smokes; or gives an account of his offer to join the group Earth Wind & Fire – it’s hilarious!! I once met Tyler and could not resist asking “Where’s Lester?” He replied, “Oh he’s around here somewhere…chasing women!” He’s a funny guy!
Willie Tyler is an American ventriloquist, comedian and actor. He has appeared in many television commercials, sitcoms and movies. He got his first big TV break on the Merv Griffin Show. In 1972 he appeared many times on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in.
During the program, Tyler discusses:
- His decision to become a ventriloquist.
- Explaining the expression “throwing your voice.”
- Performing in all kinds of venues – comedy clubs, colleges, Las Vegas hotels and corporate shows in 50 states doing what he loves best – making people laugh!
- 1969 appearance on “Motown At The Hollywood Palace” with Diana Ross and The Supremes, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Jackson Five and special guest Stevie Wonder.
- Touring for 8 years as an emcee with Motown greats Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson &The Miracles, The Temptations and The Four Tops.
- Working with greats Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Mandrell and many others.
- Still loving to perform after more than 40 years.
- Discusses the future of ventriloquism.
Tyler was born in Red Level, Alabama, and raised in Southeast Detroit, Michigan. He attended Detroit’s Northeaster High School in the late 1950’s. He is the father of Tarince Tyler, and actor Cory Tyler.
ActorsE Chat is a live one-hour program that is seen Monday through Friday worldwide to over 6-million viewers. It has aired since 2009, and has had more than 1,400 guests. ActorsE Chat is a presentation of Pepper Jay Productions LLC / Actors Podcast Network