Fairs and Festivals
Joe and his elephant friend.
Book Joe Gandelman & Friends and you get:
- Fast-paced shows with a BIG CAST of state-of-the-art wooden dummies and puppets.
- Shows performed for family audiences throughout the U.S. and in Canada.
- Shows that attract a crowd, keep a crowd and are packed with laughs and interaction.
- Optional walk around “strolling” ventriloquism before some shows or as a walk-around act with the BIG CAST rotating during walk-around sets.
- Shows easily adapted to special audiences: (seniors, kids, Spanish speakers) and varying time frames.
- A show done on big stages, under bigtop tents, in small grounds act areas, in a pig barn arena — even on the back of a pick up truck ..
- A show that can incorporate a fair/festival theme.
Joe and his “Bilingual Family Entertainment cast” perform at fairs and festivals coast-to-coast.
Joe has been a repeat performer in the fair industry and a small sampling of his many fairs and festivals over the years include: the Colorado State Fair, Michigan State Fair, Nez Perce County fair (two times), Riverside County Fair (two times), Borderfest (two times), Big Horn County Fair (three times), Gilroy Garlic Festival, Decatur Celebration, Official Shrimporee of Texas, Champlain Valley Fair, Lane County Fair, El Paso County Fair, Central Texas State Fair, Del Mar Fair, Boulder Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Teton County Fair, Riverfest, the Solano County Fair — and many more.
A young fair-goer meets Joe and Dolly Raven, star dummy John’s sister.
Here’s a sampling of fair feedback:
“Our most sincere thanks to you and your friends for providing great entertainment. Your performances greatly enhanced the Fair experience for SO many people! We appreciate your fun -hearted nature in joining in the contests and judging our Amazing Kids show! The talent and professionalism you always exhibit is a wonderful role model for all. It was our pleasure to work with you again. Please stay in touch!”
“Joe did an outstanding job and is super talented! Joe was accommodating and went above and beyond for our fair and the folks loved him. He was easy to deal with and a great communicator throughout the booking process and our fair. I highly recommend Joe. Thanks Joe for the great entertainment!”
“I sat down an watched one of his shows with my four-year-old grandson. Joe put on a wonderful show! As I looked around the crowd, everyone was smiling and laughing out loud — from my grandson’s age to the adults who were there with their children or just watching on their own. Joe interacted with the kids by having some come on stage with him. After his show and throughout the fair, Joe was followed by kids who had watched the show. He was great with them and always took the time to visit them.”
“I would highly recommend Joe for any fair or festival. Joe has the ability to attract a crowd for every performance, whether it is strolling or a stage show. He attracts the young as well as the young at heart.”
“The Big Horn County Fair has hired Joe to work on the free stage for [several fairs]. Joe is very easy to work with and is always on time for his performances. He is always ready to help the fair in any way he can. I would say that he is one of my most watched performers. And the pre-teenagers all enjoy Joe.”
Joe and “talking” drawing board
“While Miss Rodeo Colorado Cassidy Cabot signed autographs in the Agriculture Pavilion, comic ventriloquist Joe Gandelman & Friends (an elephant, dragon, alien and bear among them) delighted Fairgoers seated in the shade near the Pepsi Stage. (The show runs twice daily throughout the expo and includes a quick lesson in his art for kids brave enough to join him onstage and don silly wigs).”
“Your professionalism, humor and willingness to go above and beyond are some of the reasons that I am happy to recommend your services. Your shows were well-received by our guests and there was not a request from our staff that was not accommodated in a timely fashion. Looking forward to seeing you down the road!”
“As you know, Fair attendance was up by 18% and we think it was, part, due to that wise-cracking puppet John Raven! I was told you and your puppets were one of the most popular events at fairs. The Kings Fairs guaranteed folks “a fun time” watching and listening to you … and you delivered You were friendly, timely, easy to work with — and most importantly GREAT ENTERTAINMENT.”
“He was well received at all of his shows and seeing that we had a sizable Hispanic audience o Saturday and Sunday he added Spanish to his performances. Having worked in the entertainment industry for the last 30 years I have come to appreciate entertainers who literally have their act together.”
“Joe Gandelman has been a very intricate part of our entertainment at both High Desert Spring Fetival and the Desert Empire Fair numerous times. Joe’s acts whether on stage of strolling NEVER CEASE to draw a huge crowd of both adults and children.”
“We were very happy with Joe Gandelman and his performances. Joe had a good crowd each performance and kept everyone laughing. I would recommend his services to anyone.”
“We hope you had as much fun as we did. Your ‘silliness’ was good for all of us. Thanks for adding your talents and for bringing your star attraction John Raven. He’s the one getting all the fan mail.”
“You delighted thousands of people in various areas of the grounds with your unique blend of entertainment. You and dummy John Raven are easy to work with and provide a unique form of fun accessible to all areas of the fairgrounds. You certainly provide smiles and fun for people of all ages!”
“You and your friends were just terrific! The way you managed to captivate the audience was absolutely amazing. The characters seem to alive and full of life that one could not help but feel that your special friends were perhaps human.”
“Everyone appreciated the fact that you went out among the audience and on the fairgrounds with your puppets and visited with youth and adults alike. The people really appreciated this in addition to your stage show. We liked that you ate in our facilities, and visited with our people who support the fair in the Merchants building. Your performances were exceptionally clean and especially suited to the audience you played to. We highly recommend your stage show — and your kindly attitude towards everyone both onstage and between shows.”
“You were professional, worked diligently and you were certainly entertaining. Not only did the children enjoy the show, but the adults as well.”
“You and your friends are the Cats Meow! Joe Gandelman and Friends made us proud.”
“Laredoans are much richer after sharing your unique experience with us. Young and young-at-heart” alike were entertained by your delightful characters, rich sense of humor and audience involvement!”
“Our staff continues to receive compliments from festival-goers who saw one of your shows.”
“Your performances were enjoyed by audiences ranging in age from pre-school to senior citizen. I personally appreciate your cooperation and flexibility in working with last minute changes.”
“I especially liked the way you immediately got the children involved and the way that each of your characters had a personality of his own. Your show had a wide appeal and I was very pleased to see the parents and adult spectators having as much fun as the children. Your ability to get children interested in your craft was apparent during the workshop. Your enthusiasm for what you do and your love of children was very heartwarming and infectious. We loved your act — and so did the children.”
“The Houston County Chamber of Commerce would like to say Great Show. The children were ecstatic and the grownups were in pain with laughter.”