Terry Fator


Terry Fator

Fri, August 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Talking Stick Resort - Ballroom

Scottsdale, AZ

$155, $130, $95, $80, $65, $45

This event is 21 and over

Due to flooding from the recent storms, the 8/24/18 performance of Terry Fator at Talking Stick Resort has been postponed.  Purchasers will be notified when the event has been rescheduled.  Current tickets will be valid for the new date.  If preferred, refunds are available through the point of purchase.  For any questions, please contact the Box Office at 480-850-7734.

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Terry Fator
Terry Fator
Best known for his victory on “America’s Got Talent,” Terry Fator captured the hearts…and funny bones…of America in 2007 with his unique combination of celebrity impressions and unparalleled ventriloquism. Yet his rise from his time with an obscure cover band to his eponymous theatre at The Mirage Hotel & Casino was 32 years in the making.

Fator first discovered his knack for impressions at the age of six, when he began performing Bill Cosby comedy routines for his family and friends. A few years later, Fator found his true passion through the book Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit and quickly learned how to throw his voice, resulting in his first paying gig at the age of 12. Only one year later, Fator first meshed ventriloquism, puppetry and celebrity impressions resulting in a lion puppet, fittingly named Jackyl Mikeson, to sing “Rock With You” by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. As a kid, Fator worked long, hard hours for his family’s cleaning business, during which he would practice his impressions.

As a young man, Fator sang lead vocals for Texas the Band, a group whose playlist ranged from Garth Brooks to Guns N’ Roses. Honing his skills as an impressionist, Fator would sing each song just like the original artist. From there, Fator branched out to begin his solo career. What started as 30-minute gigs at county fairs led to school performances and eventually well- paying corporate events. A trip to Las Vegas in 2005 stoked Fator’s desire to become a big-name entertainer and he left with visions of billboards and bright lights, all donning his name.

In the months leading up to Fator’s win on “America’s Got Talent,” he suffered two potentially career-ending blows. Looking for luck, Fator returned to Las Vegas to play a convention, at which three top producers saw him perform. Longing for his big break, Fator was met with disappointment as each producer told him why he wasn’t Las Vegas material. Returning to his reality of county fairs and outdoor stages, Fator hit an all-time low when one of his performances was moved to an indoor theater due to rain. Built for 1,000, Fator took the stage to find only one fan in the audience.

Unwilling to give up, Fator was persuaded to audition for “America’s Got Talent” when he saw a ventriloquist from season one on the “The Late Show with David Letterman.” During his audition, Fator stunned the judges with his puppet Emma Taylor and her impression of Etta James. The process of getting from the auditions to the first episode was incredibly challenging for Fator, but he made it and opened with the same showstopper that got him there, Emma Taylor doing “At Last.”

Fator never truly believed he could win, rather he just kept hoping to make it through to one more episode. This mentality continued throughout the entire season, culminating in the final episode. A stunning Roy Orbison performance of “Crying,” courtesy of Winston The Impersonating Turtle, led to an eruption of praise from the audience, the judges and America. His life would never be the same.

In one year, Fator went from small-town appearances to “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and, at long last, “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Finally in 2008, his biggest dream was realized when he signed a multi-year contract to perform in his very own theater at the legendary Las Vegas resort, The Mirage.

In December 2008, Fator released “Who’s the Dummy Now?,” a candid autobiography chronicling this story and his “overnight” success. Performing on the Las Vegas Strip has been a dream of Fator’s for more than 12 years, a dream he never gave up on.

March 2012 marked Fator’s three year anniversary as a successful headliner at The Mirage on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. From the anniversary emerged his newest character, the lounge singer Monty Carlo, who drinks like Dean and swaggers like Frank. Monty joins a cast that includes Winston The Impersonating Turtle, Walter T. Airdale, Hyphen, Julius, Emma Taylor, Duggie Scott Walker, Vikki, Maynard Thompkins, and Wrex. Each character allows Fator to perform amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and more – Terry Fator does it all without moving his lips.
Venue Information:
Talking Stick Resort - Ballroom
9800 E. Indian Bend
Scottsdale, AZ, 85256