Entertainment

Terry Fator brings act to Washington State Fair

He looks like Ricky Gervais, has the puppet power of Jeff Dunham, sings like Garth Brooks and performs celebrity impressions like Rich Little.

Terry Fator — “The Voice of Entertainment” — is coming to the Washington State Fair on Sept. 18.

Fator won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2007 with his act that combines singing, comedy and celebrity impressions. He’s been the headliner at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas since 2009.

Tickets for the Fator show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 25). Tickets are $60 (Golden Circle), $45 and $30, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/fun/details/terry-fator or at 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair box office at 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more about Fator from the announcement:

After Terry Fator turned down a chance to compete on the first season of “America’s Got Talent,” his fans wrote the show saying they just had to have Fator on. Producers called Fator and invited him to audition. After seeing, and liking, Season 1 of the show, Fator went for it, and in 2007 the then 42-year-old comedian became the “America’s Got Talent” Season 2 champ, taking home the $1 million prize and title of “Best New Act in America.”

“It was the big break I had worked for my entire life,” he said.

It wasn’t long before Sin City would recognize Fator as the headlining act he was destined to be. In 2007, he signed a $1.5 million deal to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton. The following year Fator signed what has been described as “one of the largest entertainment deals in Las Vegas history” to headline his own show, “Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment,” at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Tompkins, the Elvis impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since.

Fator’s story began long before “America’s Got Talent.” His first taste of entertainment came at age 8 when he tried his hand at magic with the help of a hypnosis book.

“I unsuccessfully tried to hypnotize my friends, but then in fifth grade I found a book on ventriloquism and that came pretty quickly for me. I was always fascinated with all forms of entertainment, but especially magic and puppets. But other kids in school were doing magic, and I wanted to be original, so ventriloquism became my thing,” said Fator, who rounded out his creative endeavors by taking on the lead in many school and church plays as a kid, and later fronted the band Texas the Band from the late ’80s through 2001.

Today, Fator impersonates more voices than he can count with the help of more than a dozen characters singing everything from Etta James, Elvis Presley and the Temptations to Cher, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson, and onto Adele, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber. He’s built an audience of millions who enjoy his work through his sold-out and award-winning live show, multi-platinum selling DVDs (his debut DVD, “Terry Fator: Live From Las Vegas” charted four times platinum), and TV appearances. In 2014, the show celebrated its fifth anniversary at the iconic Strip resort and Fator recently signed an extension to appear through 2016.

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