this Saturday’s Rockport Farmers Market. In addition to fresh produce, fish, baked goods, tea and flowers, there will be a family comedy show featuring ventriloquist and comedian, Al Getler.
“Each week we try to
have musical entertainment in addition to the options our venders offer,” said
Sarah Kelly the farmers market manager. “It was suggested to provide some
family entertainment, so Al is the first.”
Al Getler has been performing for audiences as a
ventriloquist/comedian since he was twelve-years-old. Since then he has
performed on stages and TV all over the country.
“I started out at birthdays parties. My brother used to
drive me around. He thought it was dumb until I flashed the cash I had made,”
Eventually Getler found himself being asked to expand his
show to larger audiences and venues and was booked to perform in resorts and
casinos and also carved a niche with corporate audiences. Along the way, he
befriended another ventriloquist working to make a name for himself.
“Jeff Dunham is a good friend and became known as Uncle Jeff
to my kids. He would occasionally stay with us as he worked the New York City
One story from those days appears in Dunham’s autobiography
and was a part of a Biography special on Jeff Dunham’s life, “Jeff Dunham,
Birth of a Dummy” that has had many airings.
“Jeff and I had a run in with a comedy club manager. It was
long before Jeff created Achmed the Dead Terrorist, so he was still fighting
for success and ventriloquism had not made its comeback.”
Getler describes his show as completely family friendly with
lots of audience participation.
“At the core, I am a family entertainer. I love seeing both
kids and their parents laugh together. In the end, everyone walks away from a
live show a bit happier,” said Getler.
In addition to performing, you will see Getler behind his
wife’s farmers market booth. Nancy Getler owns and operates whoopie pie and
cookie company, ‘Cuz It’s Good. See www.cuzitsgood.net.
“Nancy is such a talented baker. I am a bigger man in show
business now due to my whoopie pie consumption,” said Getler.
To learn more about Al Getler visit www.algetler.com