Hire Variety Acts And Entertainers
Variety acts are a genre of entertainment that gets the name because of a history performing in variety shows. These shows would feature many styles of entertainment in one program. Thus – a variety of acts.
Variety shows have been around for centuries. The earliest versions on record are traveling circuses. A circus consists of short entertainment segments featuring aerialists, clowns, lion tamers and acrobats. These humble beginnings have taken variety artists to new heights.
Vaudeville – a list of variety acts.
Singers, magicians, jugglers and other forms of variety entertainment eventually moved indoors. British music halls would offer an evening of variety acts for one low price.
Vaudeville sprung from this example. Variety acts were in demand to fill spots in theaters. Vaudeville shows read like a list of variety acts: Ventriloquists, Magicians, Singers, Sword swallowers, Comedians, Mimes, Jugglers, Aerialists, Fire eaters, Animal acts, Musicians, Hypnotists, Unicyclists, Escape artists, Dancers, Puppeteers, Mindreaders, Trampoline acts, Instrumentalists, Plate Spinners, Acrobats, Marionettes, Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists, Actors, Bands, Impressionists and others …
When vaudeville died, many variety acts found themselves out of work. Others moved to the medium of radio, which didn’t help visual acts. One exception was ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. His characters and voices were so vivid they seemed like real people to audiences.
Television spawned a new era for variety entertainment. Variety shows filled the airwaves. Ed Sullivan hosted variety acts including a young band known as The Beatles.
Today, television shows such as America’s Got Talent and the Voice are modern day variety shows disquised as talent shows.
One staple of the variety show, they are fast paced and constantly offering the audience something new to watch. The goal of a variety show is to keep people entertained.
Want to hire professional variety acts?
If you are looking for variety entertainers to entertain your audience, contact our office today. Ventriloquist Tom Crowl has worked with some of the finest variety acts in the business. If his program is not right for your event or budget, he will do his best to direct you to someone that will help make your event a success.