Terry Fator’s Latest DVD Is Exclusive to Redbox, Walmart14 Feb, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
Dallas-based ventriloquist-comedian-singer Terry Fator has had a DVD of his routines released before (2009, Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas), but he’d just as soon forget how it came about.
“I had just attained success (winning season two of “America’s Got Talent”), and people were swooping in from every direction, taking control of my show, my career, pretty much everything,” Fator said. “I had a little bit of a say, but so much was pushed and thrust on me by others, and so when I look back on it, I go, ‘Wow, that’s not me.’”
So a year later, “I got rid of everybody except family,” he said. “I started from scratch, took control of my own career, did it myself, and started writing what you see now on this DVD. It’s mine, 100%, from top to bottom. The pride I feel about this is immeasurably better than the one I did before. I’ve never been so excited.”
His new DVD — Terry Fator: Live in Concert — arrives Feb. 18 exclusively at Walmart and Redbox via Lionsgate, day-and-date with a Digital HD and VOD release on all digital outlets. Recorded from a live show, it sees Fator using his puppets to have fun with Broadway musicals, The Four Seasons, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more.
Fator was especially pleased to see Lionsgate give the show a Digital HD release across platforms, saying “that’s the way things have been trending” with home entertainment.
“I own everything on digital, and there’s something fantastic about being able to take it anywhere, have it in the palm of your hand, on your tablet, on your phone,” he said. “Watch it while in line at the post office. That’s fantastic, man.”
Bonus features include pre-show puppet videos (with Vikki, Julius, Berry and Winston), a “Leroy and Me” music video, the Fator-written animation “Fator Tots,” and a two-part “Walter’s Presidential Campaign Endorsements.”
“The commentary was a lot of fun. And I always wanted to write a cartoon, and that one’s so much fun,” he said. “I love stuff on DVDs, to be able to see the making-of is really attractive. It lets fans see how it’s all done.”
In March he’ll be marking his fifth anniversary with his show at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and plans on doing an anniversary show with new material, not seen on the DVD. He’s also pitching Lionsgate on doing a Christmas show with him for 2015.