Joe Gandelman spent nearly 20 years in the newspaper business before he decided to dash it all and become a full-time ventriloquist -- a change that now has him performing coast-to-coast at fairs, festivals, schools, corporate events and on television.

Gandelman opened for national musical groups, performed at Camp Pendleton before a speech by former Pres. Ronald Reagan and was seen on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He has performed at schools throughout the West, comedy clubs, the San Diego Zoo, fairs and festivals across the country and many corporate events. He and his wooden dummies and cartoon-like latex puppets have also appeared in family variety shows at California big stage venues such as San Francisco s Palace of Fine Arts, San Jose s Civic Auditorium, Oakland s Paramount Theater, and the Anaheim Convention Center.

His act features comedy, music and lots of audience interaction. Gandelman has a large cast of state-of-the-art wooden and "soft" figures. His main character is John Raven, a wise-cracking boy who frustrates him at every turn. John and Joe are as popular when doing adult corporate entertainment events, as when doing children s private parties, Scouts blue-and-golds dinners, holiday shows, strolling entertainment or comedy clubs. At the end of every adult show Gandelman suddenly becomes a comedian, doing several minutes of topical standup and customized comedy material without his characters.

Gandelman is the author of the highly acclaimed Tips from a Pro book and tape set for ventriloquists, published by Maher Studios of Littleton, Colorado. He has also published Super-Simplified Ventriloquism, a book on his system for learning ventriloquism quickly. Gandelman is listed in Who s Who In Entertainment and is included in the nationally distributed The Great Ventriloquists trading cards.

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  Person Joe Gandelman
  City San Diego, CA
  Zip Code 92103
  Address 2260 El Cajon Blvd. #165 (mailing)
  Phone Number (858) 240-7860

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Joe Gandelman

Comic Ventriloquist

He and his wooden friends were featured in Public Interest Media s anti-teasing video "It s Not Funny," which was nationally marketed by the nonprofit California group to 35,000 middle and high schools across the country. His school assemblies have been acclaimed for their use of big laughs to communicate and help students retain serious information on themes such as anti-drug, anti-tobacco, character, respect, no teasing/no bullying, patriotism, diversity and pro-reading. Gandelman released an audio CD, Super Simplified Ventriloquism, which uses lots of laughs to teach basic ventriloquism techniques to kids and adults .

Gandelman continues to work on a variety of independent and assigned writing projects, including special articles for the Jane Goodall Institute s website www.janegoodall.org. An avid reader, Joe Gandelman is one of the top-ranked reviewers at www.amazon.com.

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Adult Shows

Adult Shows

Joe’s adult shows include corporate parties, birthday, surprise and retirement parties, weddings, etc. — plus groups such as the Elks, Masons, and Rotary Clubs.

In adult party shows (for individuals and organizations) , Joe’s clients can get his basic customization. Joe spices the show with inside jokes and references at no extra expense. Shows also contain his famous ventriloquism lip sync where volunteers are donning crazy wigs lip sync a rock oldie, using voices “thrown” by Joe — plus the highly popular “ventriloquism mask” bit where someone puts on a mask and turns him into a human dummy (with Joe supplying the voices) .


Kids Shows

Kids Shows

Joe is one of Southern California’s most popular Family Entertainers for all types of kids shows. Whether you’re hosting 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 a rousing success.

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Joe Gandelman comic ventriloquist and friends brought fun to our annual Gala for our elite athletes of all ages. Many smiles in our venue of over 200 attendees. I personally enjoyed seeing our young athletes on stage joining in on the fun with Joe and his friends. Having him entertain the audience while they dined helped keep smiles on their faces until we started our award ceremony. Many Thanks to Joe and Friends for an enjoyable show.

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Joe is a great entertainer! The kids he performed for were K- 5th grade. He is funny and super patient with the children! I will be using him in the future and would recommend him to others. Thanks

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Joe exceeded our expectations with meeting the needs of the students and being flexible to reschedule due to some inclement weather. A great communicator with administration and won the hearts of the students with his first act! I highly recommend him.

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Customer Testimonials

Joe Gandelman s new CD Super Simplified Ventriloquism is great! It is very entertaining and informative! (Joe) is a polished and likable PRO ventriloquist. You will enjoy his presentation and approach to ventriloquism. It is educational and a good addition to any library. Looking forward to a video from him!!!!!


The CD's great! Very reasonably priced -- and entertaining while instructive. I pop the CD into the PC at work and do the CD while I am at work! VCR tapes are great but you need to be in front of the TV to do them. Joe s CD follows me into work, the car and I probably know the routines by heart. Thanks for a great CD, Joe!


Joe's innovative teaching style makes 'voice throwing' truly simple and fun! Ventriloquist techniques are not only explained, but also demonstrated by Joe and his friends in a conversational presentation that is highly entertaining as well as informative. You'll laugh as you listen and learn. Never has learning ventriloquism been so easy -- and so much fun!


Amazing artist, very friendly and great entertainer!!!
We had Joe entertain the kids and adults in our daughter's 3rd birthday party - He did a fantastic job! I could hear everyone blasting out laughs for 45 minutes without a break, my 3 rd old keeps talking about the show to all her friends and laughs. He entertained 2yrs - 60yrs audience!
He came in on-time and got everything he needed, very friendly person and set up was quick and started right on.
He also observed audience response and changed the sequence based on requests and made kids very happy.

I highly recommend Joe!


Joe Gandelman and his "friends" performed a one-hour show for our mystery group, which consists of 30 men and women ranging in age from mid-60s to late 70's. The show was in Woodland Hills, California, and Joe had to travel 120+ miles from his home in San Diego. Right from the beginning, he was extremely easy to work with, very flexible, and made a point of arriving very early to our event. He brought an impressive array of puppets, each having its own unique personality. Joe brought certain pre-selected members of the audience up to the front to help perform some very funny bits. He provided a segment where he explained to our group some of the secrets of being a ventriloquist and throwing your voice, showed us how a puppet is constructed and how it works, and even had a volunteer from the audience come up and try it out! Everyone seemed to love the show, and we, the planners, received many compliments on his performance. He is a true professional, and I would recommend him for any age group that loves to have fun!!!


Mr. Gandelman put on a terrific show this morning at the OB Library. My daughter and the rest of the kids loved it, and he worked in pro-reading messages very nicely.


It was very easy to work with Joe -- he was very organized and clear in describing what he needed. He helped us to provide him with appropriate information that he then incorporated seamlessly (and humorously!!) into his act, much to my father in law's delight! He also asked guests to participate -- with hilarious results! It was wonderful to see my 11 year old son and his octogenarian relatives try to outdo each other as "novice ventriloquists" . . .
Thank you Joe for helping to make my father in law's celebration so wonderful. When he first requested a ventriloquist, we weren't sure what to expect -- you helped us fulfill his dream!