‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Terry Fator to perform at L’Auberge

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

From singing at age 3 to winning “America’s Got Talent” to finally having his own theater at the Mirage, the show-biz climb

of ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian and singer Terry Fator has been onward and upward.

Fator will be at L’Auberge Lake Charles at 9 p.m. Friday, April 26.

“As a child I sang the lead, danced and acted in every play I could,” Fator said in phone interview last week. He grew up

in the north Texas city of Waxahachie and lived there all his life until signing the deal with Mirage in 2009.

“It’s never good to launch a professional career right out of high school, but I organized Texas the Band that played home-state

venue from the 1980s to 2001,” he said.

He began working on ventriloquism and

impressions during that time and early in 2002, Fator launched his solo

act. He didn’t

get much encouragement and was about to give up on his

entertainment career when he decided to enter the competition in the

second season of “America’s Got Talent” and was about as surprised

as anyone else when he worked his way through the prelims

and came out the winner.

That exposure got him a few gigs in Vegas and finally a contract and his own theater at Mirage.

“I get out as often as I can,” he said

of his touring, limited by his full-time schedule Monday through

Thursday in Vegas.

“For 2015 I have negotiated for more weekends away so I can

travel. It’s all about getting the people excited about the Las

Vegas show. I also like to get out and meet people so my show can

stay relevant.”

The show at L’Auberge “will be a

genuine Las Vegas production,” he said. He and his wife, Taylor Makakoa,

bring about 17 characters

to life with his puppets and with straight vocal impressions.

You may meet characters such as

Winston, the impersonating turtle who can sing just like a famous puppet

frog; Emma Taylor,

the little girl with the big voice; and lounge singer Monty Carlo.

There will also be comedic banter and musical impressions

of superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin

and Lady Gaga.

What is his favorite character?

“I believe it is Adele, singing her hit song ‘Skyfall,’ ” Fator said. “It’s a shock for people to see this big masculine guy,

and they don’t expect the voice of a popular female singer.”