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Joe and Radcliff the Space Alien playing with friends

Joe and Radcliff the Space Alien playing with friends.

Joe is one of the most popular family entertainers for all types of kids’ shows in San Diego, throughout California – and beyond. Whether it’s a birthday party, Scout show, Scout Blue and Gold, camp show, library show, or just about any other type of young entertainment event, Joe Gandelman & Friends can make it FUN and a success.

With a BIG cast of hilarious characters, Joe brings family-friendly entertainment for kids and adults of all ages. The funny, fast-paced and interactive shows keep audiences engaged with clean jokes. Whether you are 2 or 102, you are going to find yourself laughing non-stop when Joe and his characters take the stage.


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Kids Shows in San Diego, CA

Joe and Bill Arlington, the Zombie entertain at a holiday party.

Shows Adjusted to Each Audience & Age

A great time is just around the corner when you call Joe Gandelman and his friends to come and entertain your child and all of his or her guests. Joe works with audiences of all ages to ensure everyone is has a great time laughing along with his uproarious bits and gags.

His kids’ comedy shows are a wonderful way to keep guests at your next special event happy and entertained. Joe adjusts every show to each audience and age group.

Putting Together Your Memorable Event

Kids’ birthday parties (done for ALL ages from the tiny to teens) all feature Joe’s BIG cast of characters, laughs throughout the show, and interactive bits (including the ventriloquism mask). During the show’s final segment, kids learn a few ventriloquist and puppetry “secrets” — and some kids even get to become instant ventriloquists! Call today to book Joe for your event.

Joe, zombie Ted Arlington, John, the water-squirting elephant, the (fake) smoke blowing dragon and all of the rest of the gang look forward to doing a show or walk-around ventriloquism at your special event.

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Virtual Entertainment

Not ready to have an in person party? Joe and his friends can entertain you virtually. Whether you are in Alpine, Arizona or Zillah, Washington, Albany, NY or Bronx, NY Joe and has cast of characters can be there for YOU. Last summer they did a series of well-received remote shows for Dash Camp, a new Florida-based Zoom Summer Camp. Find out what Schools can learn from this new Zoom summer camp.

Here’s what they’re saying about Joe’s kids shows

Joe and friends celebrate Halloween

Joe and friends celebrate Halloween.

“It was great!! The kids loved it and so did the adults!! We would be happy to have you back again. Thank you so much.”
–S.C. Anderson, Inc., Bakersfield, CA

“Joe was such a great person to work with. He really entertained everyone, especially my daughter, the birthday celebrant. Both kids and adults loved him. We had a bear theme party, and made sure he performed with his bear. He also was very professional with his communications and with the whole process. Being that he was far away, he made sure he was at our event early because of traffic. That and everything he did was much appreciated!”

– Jay T., Valencia, CA

“Thank YOU for the SUPER GREAT PERFORMANCE!! You kept the kids engaged and were a true class act. You were a hit and kept that atmosphere going. The adults including myself were very entertained. The kids can’t stop talking about you and your friends. Thank you again and maybe see you in your next show.”

– Jose L., Orange, CA

“Kids had a blast! Great entertainment for my daughters 8th birthday celebration. Kids said it was the best party ever!”

– Cassandra F., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

“Joe immediately captured the children’s attention and kept it throughout the performance. The adults were laughing as well and had positive feedback. When the younger kids got loud or came too close to his performance area Joe managed them well. All kids had a few minutes after to try a few words with a puppet and take pictures. Joe showed up on time, had his equipment, and didn’t rush out the door. Very happy we set this up for my daughter’s birthday.”

– Matthew T., Poway, CA.

“Joe and his Ventriloquist Friends did an amazing job. He was so funny. The kids were able to participate with him and he went right along with their comments. After asking each of the kids which “friend” they enjoyed, each child had a different answer from the boy, the shark, the zombie, the baby, etc… They gave over 10 different answers. Joe’s show was perfect for all ages. I our group it went from 3 – adults (Eldest adult would not give me their age). Thank you Joe for a fun time on zoom. Hopefully, one day we can do it in person.”

– Virtual Birthday Part Review by Matt H. FROM LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA ON 3/20/2021

“He is so very talented and I have hired him a couple of times for my children’s birthday party. He is very funny!!! Looking forward to booking him soon after this pandemic scare.”

– Edythe A., Menfee, CA

“I used him at a party and he was fabulous!”

– Rosemary R., San Diego, CA

“When you’re stuck at home and there’s social distancing rules in your state, you have very limited options on activities for your kid’s birthday. Enter Joe Gandelman’s virtual puppet show! My daughter, her friends, and all the parents were very entertained with Joe’s comedy and his ventriloquy skills. He communicated very well on what to expect during the show and showed up early on Zoom to do a quick sound/video check to reduce any hiccups. Highly recommend Joe Gandelman for virtual shows to add some smiles and laughter during these times.”

– kwan k., Milbrae, CA

“Joe is an excellent and entertaining ventriloquist! He keeps the audience engaged and goes out of his way to make sure everyone has a great time! I highly recommend him!”

– Devra., MOORPARK, CA

“Joe gave the perfect performance to an audience that ranged from 2 years old through 6th grade. He was engaging and got the kids involved in the performance. The kids loved his cast of characters. He taught them some secrets on ventriloquism and let them join him on stage. I highly recommend him to entertain at your event. He offers good, clean,wholesome fun! Thanks Joe!”

– Marian G., ENCINITAS, CA

“Joe is amazing! We booked him for a family day show at my Rotary Club and he was a huge hit. And the added benefit is that he liked us so much he joined! What an asset it is to have Joe as an active member of the club. We all follow his activities and shows and he is very well reviewed wherever he performs. His ability as a puppeteer, an entertainer, and his connection with kids is amazing. Joe is a quality human being and participates in many of our community service activities. You can’t go wrong in booking Joe for an event.”

– Mike F. Rancho Bernardo, CA

“Joe is the absolute best! He did the most wonderful show for my daughter’s 7th birthday party. It was so great. Everyone was in awe. There were kids from 2 to 13, and each one of them was transfixed. He included the audience, and he even let the birthday girl try some of his rare ones! Honestly, we couldn’t be happier. I asked him for some recommendations for my daughter, who is interested in ventriloquism, and he provided me with so many awesome ideas and recommendations. He is a genuinely kind person, an absolutely gifted performer, and we just loved him! Half the parents at the party have since asked me how to get in touch with him :)”.

– Hillary W., Carlsbad, CA

“WE LOVE JOE! He is funny, personable and a overall a really great guy to be around! So good at what he does and always a pleasure to work with. Definitely would highly recommend him if you want some laughs and great entertainment for any type of event – he can do it all!”

– Urmee M., Irvine, CA
The following feedback came from a show Joe did in Hollywood for the winners of a Sony Pictures contest in Australia tied to the release of Goosebumps where the winning family spent a week in southern California — which included a private ventriloquism show …

“Wow Joe you were amazing! We were lucky enough to get a private show in Hollywood and being from Australia we did not know what to expect. Your performance had variety, was super entertaining and so much fun. The youngest in our group was 4 yrs and oldest was 67 yrs and the laughs did not stop. Thank you so much! The memories will last forever! “

– Danielle H., Melbourne, Australia.

“This guy is funny! He’s kind. Clean. Entertainment for many ages.

We’ve had Joe perform for our programs for years now. And again, just this week. The patents where laughing at the jokes and the kids loved it too! He had the crowd glued to his every move. We love this guy, you will too.”

– Mendy R., San Diego, CA
Joe and John having a little fun!

Joe and John having a little fun!

“Joe Gandelman is one of the funniest, sweetest, most endearing guys you will ever meet. He manages gives good clean wholesome entertainment for kids with his act. And you know what? The guy you see on the stage? That’s mostly the same exact guy in real life. Get to know Joe. Hire Joe. He’ll bring you an awesome experience.”

– Max Dean E., Detroit, MI

“Your performance last Sat at country club was the best my wife and I have ever scene at the Easter program. You kept the attention of the kids and adults and made everyone laugh. Thanks!”

– F.C., La Jolla, CA

“We booked Joe for our Las Vegas night because we wanted the kids to be entertained during the time the parents were busy playing. Joe had the kids and adults laughing and was a great addition to the overall party”

He is a TRUE professional and we would use him again for future parties!

He had many puppets and knew what to do to get a reaction to the group!

Thanks again for being the extra special memory for the families

– Mike P., Chula Vista, CA

“Excellent with kids, we had around 30 kids and some of the kids were being a bit rowdy. But Joe handled them real well and kept entertaining all. He is extremely nice and polite and a real pleasure to deal with.”

– Hamza S., San Diego, CA
“JOE GANDELMAN IS AMAZING! Joe Gandelman did an amazing job at my daughter’s 10th birthday party! He arrived promptly and his communication before the party was superb. Joe made my daughter feel special throughout his performance by giving her the first opportunity to answer questions/volunteer. He also included the other children at the party and allowed them to volunteer and participate. The adults at the party were also thoroughly entertained also and impressed with his talent. His ventriloquism is top notch! He had a variety of high quality puppets that kept us on our toes to see what was coming next!


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Audience participation is a part of what Joe and his BIG cast of characters bring to the party.

Joe did not rush through our party one bit; in fact, Joe offered every child an opportunity to meet/ interact and try a puppet at the end of the show. Joe also spent a good amount of time talking with adults who had questions about what type of puppet to purchase and where.

When you hire an entertainer, it can really make or break your party. If the entertainment is not up to snuff it can change the entire vibe for the day! You will not have this problem when you hire JOE! He is hands down the most talented, professional, and FUNNY comic ventriloquist out there!”

– Chrissy B, Redlands, CA
Joe's famous talking lips at kids shows

A young audience member helps Joe demonstrate the talking lips.

“We had Joe over for my son’s 9th birthday party (it was my son’s one request), Joe was better than I could have imagined!!! He was great at communicating, showed up on time and put on an awesome show!!! He had both the adults and kids laughing. He was great at the end to let each kid try it out and coached each of them on how to improve. He gave useful hints and tricks. Right after Joe left my son said I want him back for my 10th birthday party. I just might bring him back he was that good!”
– Nicole S., San Diego, CA
“Joe entertained at our Halloween party. We all loved him. Our ages ranged from 7 to 71 and Joe engaged all of us with his humor. He’s a very funny guy and a talented ventriloquist. Joe is very professional, he phoned the day of our event confirming the time and arriving on time. Joe is truly amazing. We are still talking about the laughter and great time he gave us. Five stars are not enough, we give him 10!”
– Mary P., Yorba Linda, CA
“This guy is funny! He’s kind. Clean. Entertainment for many ages. We’ve had Joe perform for our programs for years now. And again, just this week. The parents were laughing at the jokes and the kids loved it too! He had the crowd glued to his every move.”
– Chabad of Poway, Poway, CA
“Wow! Thank you for such a FUN event. The kids and adults had a good time and laughed a lot. We will have you back.”
– Murrieta Ranch Pre-School, Murrieta, CA
“I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for making our kids birthday party such a big success! Competing with an Astro Jump is no easy feat! All of the kids were AMAZED and talked about you and your friends LONG after you were gone!”
– P. Haberkern, San Diego, CA
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Ash and Joe perform for their fans

“Do you realize that there were 16 boys between ages 8 to 11 and you managed to keep them ALL fascinated? My friend, the mother of one of the boys, couldn’t t stay away. She came for the entire performance and said it was the best entertainment for adults mixed with kids that she ever saw.”
– L. Kozub, San Diego, CA
“We had ages 3 to 70 and the show was so wonderful. You have a great sense of humor — and your dummies do, too! You were very enthusiastic and were able to include the children in your show. A wonderful performance!”
– M Holm, Salt Lake City, Utah

Samplings of feedback from Joe’s corporate shows for kids

“The children had a wonderful time and even some considered hard to please could not resist the urge to laugh and became just as involved as the others!”
– P. Haberkern, San Diego, CA
“It was a GREAT time! Adults were entertained as well as the children!”
– The Austin Company, Irvine, CA, on a kids Christmas show
“Joe Gandelman has performed his comic ventriloquism act at our last two Christmas celebrations. The comments we hear from the audience are such things as: “I’ve never heard my child laugh so loud,” “My child was fascinated,” “My child was completely focused on the act.”
– Property Manager, River Village, Bonsall, CA

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