He was my father’s partner. They started working together before I was born and continued to perform together till my Dad passed. Dad always introduced him as: “my good friend, Eddie.”
Working with a ventriloquist friend is a great fun, even though it may seem a little strange at first. Eddie is never “the dummy.” He is always Eddie, and he never addressed in the third person. When strangers visit, I introduce them formally.
When we rehearse, we joke and argue about scripts. We sing together (you should he him sing Chris Cornell’s part in Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”–it is very creepy). Sometimes, we work though the old routines that he performed with Dad–just for practice.
When I work with Eddie, it is like my Dad is here, coaching me through the show.