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Ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian and singer Terry Fator will perform at L’Auberge Casino Resort on April 26. (Special to the American Press)

Ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian and singer Terry Fator will perform at L’Auberge Casino Resort on April 26. (Special to the American Press)

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

Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:29 AM

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.”

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