Otto & George

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Otto & George was an adult-themed ventriloquist comedy team composed of comedian Otto Sol Petersen (July 29, 1960 – April 13, 2014) and his dummy George Dudley.[1] Petersen began performing with George as a street act in Manhattan and Brooklyn in the early 1970s. In the late 70s the act moved into night clubs and began to evolve into an "X-rated" act.

Background[edit]

Otto was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, New York. He Is survived by his wife, Trish Conte, his mother, Sylvia Petersen, his brother, Tom Petersen, and a sister, Lona Petersen.

Otto & George were frequent guests on the Opie and Anthony show with side-kick Jim Norton, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular & Bullshit! programs, and Showtime's Full Frontal Comedy. The duo also appeared in the feature films Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen with Chris Rock and Tim Allen, and performed a version of the "The Aristocrats" joke in Paul Provenza's & Penn Jillette's film of the same name.

Performing for over 30 years, Otto was well renowned as both a comedian and a ventriloquist.[2][3] One notable aspect of his ventriloquism was that his lips still moved while he spoke with the George voice, but the illusion of there being a different speaker was made with the sharp contrast in the George voice with his own. Otto spoke with a low, rather nervous voice whereas George spoke in a loud, harsher voice.

One of the team's last ventures was their Internet variety show The Pig Roast with Otto & George.

Otto & George performed all over the U.S. and Canada. The duo performed several times at the annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montréal, Canada.[4][5]

Otto cited the legendary ventriloquist Paul Winchell as his inspiration after watching him on television in the 1960s.

Illness and death[edit]

Otto fell ill in 2013 with bacterial meningitis and was placed in a coma for over a week.[6]

He died in his sleep at his home in Keyport, New Jersey on April 13th 2014, of undisclosed causes.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ George's last name revealed on Opie and Anthony's March 23, 2010 show at the beginning of the third break. Also found in George's old Photo Gallery [1][2]
  2. ^ From Punchline Magazine, June 2008
  3. ^ From SunJournal.com, December 2007
  4. ^ from HOUR Magazine, Montreal Canada: Review of 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festival 2005: [3]
  5. ^ From Montreal Mirror: Interview for 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festaval 1998: [4]
  6. ^ A Benefit for Otto & George: [5]
  7. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/arts/otto-petersen-the-voice-of-vulgarity-dies-at-53.html

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