Ventriloquist Senor Wences

Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 20, 2008

"Señor Wences was a ventriloquist and a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show back in the 1960s. Can you tell me a little about him?
¬óLarry Jones, Fulton, Mo.


Born in Spain, Wences became famous as a ventriloquist through his repeated appear-ances on The Ed Sullivan Show, where his act typically includ-ed a puppet face made from his hand, and a disembodied head in box that growled “S’awright.” He became a pop-cultural icon in later years, with references to his act cropping up in TV shows such as Scooby-Doo, South Park and The Simpsons. He died in 1999, three days after his 103rd birthday. A section of 54th Street in New York, just around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater, is named Señor Wences Way in his honor."