Speaking From The Belly

A guide to the mysterious art of ventriloquism, presented by Nina Conti, with expert commentary from Ken Campbell on the mythological origins of the genre, and the ventriloquial skills of ferrets.

Nina interviews Keith Harris, and her puppet partner, Monk, faces up to the infamous Orville.

She ransacks the archives for spooky movie clips, and radio and TV exponents: the Great Coram recalled by Arthur Askey; Beryl Reid analyzing the skills of Peter Brough; also Sandy Powell, Harry Worth, Ray Alan, and the great American star Edgar Bergen with his side-kick Charlie Mccarthy.

In a live performance from the Montreal Comedy Festival, Nina analyses the multi-tasking skills required to animate the inanimate: "It conjures a childlike giggle deep down in the audience, that something which you could never believe in appears to be alive in front of you.".

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A guide to the mysterious art of ventriloquism, presented by Nina Conti, with expert commentary from Ken Campbell on the mythological origins of the genre, and the ventriloquial skills of ferrets.

Nina interviews Keith Harris, and her puppet partner, Monk, faces up to the infamous Orville.

She ransacks the archives for spooky movie clips, and radio and TV exponents: the Great Coram recalled by Arthur Askey; Beryl Reid analyzing the skills of Peter Brough; also Sandy Powell, Harry Worth, Ray Alan, and the great American star Edgar Bergen with his side-kick Charlie Mccarthy.

In a live performance from the Montreal Comedy Festival, Nina analyses the multi-tasking skills required to animate the inanimate: "It conjures a childlike giggle deep down in the audience, that something which you could never believe in appears to be alive in front of you.".