Otto & George
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. Petersen began performing with George as a street act in Manhattan and Brooklyn in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s the act moved into night clubs and began to evolve into an "X-rated" act.
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. 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 cited the legendary ventriloquist Paul Winchell as his inspiration after watching him on television in the 1960s.
Illness and death
- Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen (1988)
- The Force Within (1993)
- Roswell and Alistair (1998)
- White Chicks Incorporated (1998)
- American Dummy (2002)
- The Aristocrats (2005)
- I'm No Dummy (2008)
- The Morton Downey, Jr. Show (1988)
- Playboy Channel's 'The Club (1990)
- The Joe Franklin Show (1990)
- Full Frontal Comedy (1996)
- Late Show with David Letterman (2007)
- Penn & Teller's Bullshit! (2007)
- 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 
- From Punchline Magazine, June 2008
- From SunJournal.com, December 2007
- from HOUR Magazine, Montreal Canada: Review of 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festival 2005: 
- From Montreal Mirror: Interview for 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festaval 1998: 
- A Benefit for Otto & George