By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Chase County Fair Board has added another free family-friendly show to the lineup for the 2015 Chase County Fair. David Malmberg will perform his ventriloquist show in the open air pavilion.
Malmberg’s website describes his show as one that features comedy, voice tossing, story telling and music.
He has a long history in the entertainment industry, coming from a family of musicians. He began practicing ventriloquism at the age of 13.
Later, while serving in the United States Navy, he was introduced to broadcasting when he served as a D.J. for a couple of radio stations in the American Forces Radio network in Cuba and Spain.
After his time with the Navy, Malmberg entered the broadcast business in Minneapolis, Minn., where he worked as the operations director of radio stations K102 and WDGY in Minneapolis.
Later, he stepped down from his position in radio because he wanted to do “live performance” and began to pursue a career as an entertainer.
Now, he performs approximately 125 shows a year across the United States.
The David Malmberg show will be performed during the Chase County Fair free-of-charge in the open air pavilion on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 13-15.
Although this will be Malmberg’s first time visiting Chase County, he has performed a number of times in Nebraska. In preparation for the August show he’s also been looking at pictures of our area.
“I’m looking forward to performing in Chase County,” he said.
Malmberg describes his show as a “family” show, appropriate for all ages.
He anticipates bringing four characters with him–Leonard Cribble, an old farmer; Mark Gunderson, which he describes as a “clueless Norwegian;” Francisco the Crow, who is from Mexico; and Simon Spencer, a young kid who likes to interrupt Malmberg when he plays guitar.
During the shows, the audience will have the opportunity to interact with Malmberg and the characters he brings with him.
Malmberg stressed that ventriloquism is an ancient art, with not very many performers left. He encourages everyone to come see ventriloquism in person at his fun, family friendly show.