Eyes And Teeth

Steve Hewlett

Comedy Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett drops his dummy for Chats with his favourite Comedy & Variety Performers from Theatre, Comedy Clubs, Cruise Ships, Circus, Radio and Television. read less
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Jay Osmond - A new Osmond Musical - Eyes & Teeth - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Season 15 - Edition 18
11-07-2023
Jay Osmond - A new Osmond Musical - Eyes & Teeth - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Season 15 - Edition 18
Welcome to the last Episode of Eyes & Teeth Theo Worlds Greatest variety Show Season 15.When I think about the Variety in the World and hosting a show that is based around variety there is one family that comes to mind and that is a family who have lived and breathed Variety for over 60 years. Think of the most successful and famous show business family in the world and you will instantly think of the Osmonds.In 2016 my career I felt was made by one phonecall during a shopping trip in Eastbourne with my wife Nina I answered the phone to Tony Denton a Tour Promotor who wanted to ask if I would join The Osmonds on Tour this coming Xmas 2016.Not only that but Jimmy Osmond wanted to talk to me later this day about joining him and his brothers in Branson Missouri for a stint at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.I couldn’t be more happy to accept the job. That Christmas was an incredible experience working not only in America, but with The Osmonds and a full incredible cast of talented people and I got to enjoy crazy golf every other day.Christmas Parties, thanksgiving get togethers and road trips as well as visiting all the other Christmas shows on the strip in Branson just added to the memories of my time with these amazing peopleIn recent years Jay Osmond alongside a talented group of people including Jay’s wife Karen have written and produced an incredible Musical dedicated to the Osmonds and their fans. Today we talk about the musical and its inspirations, its stars, its success and its futureI could not end Eyes & Teeth without closing in style and today I welcome to EYES AND TEETH the worlds greatest variety show, the worlds greatest variety family the osmonds when I talk to Jay Osmond.
Jay Johnson - Confused? You won't be - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 14
19-05-2023
Jay Johnson - Confused? You won't be - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 14
Welcome to Eyes and Teeth Jay JohnsonJay Johnson is an International Success story in the art of ventriloquism highly respected in the land of Sitcom, stage performance, the acting world and the art of Ventriloquism. He was certainly on my Top 10 list greatest vents of all time so you can imagine how happy I am to have him guest on my podcast.Jay has been seen on TV drama’s such as an episode of Mrs. Columbo,The Love Boat, Gimme a Break!, Simon & Simon, The Facts of Life, Empty Nest (reuniting him with his father from Soap, Richard Mulligan), and Dave's World.Jay Johnson: The Two & Only! written and performed by Jay Johnson, opened on Broadway to rave reviews at the Helen Hayes Theatre on September 28, 2006. The show deconstructs and demonstrates Johnson's lifelong obsession with the art of ventriloquism. The show is a Valentine, not only to the art, but also to his mentor and friend Arthur Sieving, who created Johnson's first professional puppet. The show is aided and abetted by a cast of ventriloquated characters, including his Soap alter ego, Bob. Johnson won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for the show. He is the only ventriloquist to ever be nominated and win an American Theatre Wing Tony Award or an Ovation Award.The original Bob puppet featured on Soap was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's collections of pop culture icons in May 2007. He currently uses a replica Bob for Jay Johnson: The Two & Only! Welcome to Eyes & Teeth Jay Johnson
John Cushing - The Thursford Spectacular - Eyes & Teeth - The Worlds Greatest Variety Show - Season 15 - Edition 13
05-05-2023
John Cushing - The Thursford Spectacular - Eyes & Teeth - The Worlds Greatest Variety Show - Season 15 - Edition 13
Welcome to Eyes and Teeth and The World’s Greatest Variety ShowOn my last tour date in Norfolk I swung by one of my favourite venues called The Thursford Collection. In the spring to Summer it showcases fairground attractions and steam engines of the highest calibre but in October its turned into a rehearsal space for the Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular which has attracted over 5.8 million visitors to date and is the largest Christmas show in the country.I have had the pleasure of hosting this show in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2019 and it boasts on its website a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians – most of whom are straight out of the West End. The three-hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols. The website also notes that the finale of the show includes a fly over of white doves across the auditorium. So do not look up with your mouths open, lucky its not based in Eastbourne otherwise there would be a flyover of seagulls, and you wouldn’t want them swooping down to grab your sausage roll.It's almost difficult to explain the feeling of being at Thursford as a punter and as a performer. You have to see it to believe it and although it sells out or nearly sells out annually still so many people know nothing about it. You can’t say that of people in the industry. Andrew Lloyd Webber knows about it and its all down to one man and his incredible team of creatives.John Cushing is the show’s Producer, its brainchild, from choir to spectacular John joins me to discuss the process of getting a show like this on the stage as we go behind the scenes in his office where a carpet covered in CD’s is turned into one of the greatest shows to ever grace the stage in the UK. Welcome to Thursford, Welcome to Eyes & Teeth John Cushing.
Bobby Davro - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 12
25-04-2023
Bobby Davro - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 12
Bobby Davro is an absolute legend in the world of British Variety and Television from the 1980’s onwards. I first met Bobby at the Wimbledon theatre when I was 16 and visiting puppeteer Simon Buckley who I had just recorded a TV show with in 1993 and he invited me to see his pantomime starring Bobby Davro. Bobby was gracious and always has been to me.We have since worked many variety shows or charity events together and he has me in tears of laughter each time and he is one of the best impressionists out there.Bobby tells me of his big break on TV where he ended his act with an impression of Elton John on the piano and this shot him to the title of a household name landing his own TV Series.We talk of his collaboration with ventriloquist Ray Alan as well as many more including his friendship with an icon of his in Gilbert O Sullivan and this includes Bobby’s latest TV spot on BBC’s Celebrity MastermindWe talk about Dave Evans, Frankie Vaughan, Bob Monkhouse, Les Dennis, Peter Kay & Sir Ken Dodd.One of my favourite subjects today was taking advice about daughters and Bobby explains it so well. I have to say I laughed a lot and I welled up on occasions, Bobby really does talk from the heart. He has been there and done it. His stage skills and advice is well worth taking in especially where learning routines and memory comes into it. This is something I struggle with.It has taken me 2 years to tie Bobby down for this interview but it was well worth the wait. Welcome to the World’s Greatest Variety Show Bobby Davro
Des King & Cherry - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes and Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 10
18-04-2023
Des King & Cherry - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes and Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 10
Desmondo & Cherry KingWelcome to Eyes & Teeth a lovely couple who I keep bumping into even into their retirement but who retires in this business? Hardly any of us, if showbusiness is in your blood then you will always want to share your talent and Des King with Cherry have entertained millions world wide up to just a few weeks ago. Des and Cherry tell me of their meeting and seasons they have performed in as well as great talents we have shared the stage with.It's rare I get to record an actual podcast backstage, but this was just that and even with another act in the room so now and again you will hear magician and ventriloquist Sam Jones in the background now and again. We were performing in Peacehaven in a variety show and we had the best audience in.The London Palladium pops up as well as Andy Eastwood, Jan Hunt, The City Varieties in Leeds, Hilary O Neil, Matt Daniel Baker, Keith Harris, David Nixon, Sir Ken Dodd, it really is a good old chat with friends before a show and a great example of why I wanted to start this podcast.I remember talking the much missed Phil Butler just a few short years ago about his podcast The Green Room where he took the same idea but across comedy clubs. He was there first and I just loved the idea so I guess along with Ricky Gervais, Debbie McGee, Louis Theroux and a few more I have been inspired and eyes and teeth was born.Most importantly Des shares with us his diagnoses of Prostate cancer and the latest news with that which is a very much needed listen too for young and old men alikeWelcome todays guests Des King & Cherry
Harry Hill - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 6
31-03-2023
Harry Hill - The World's Greatest Variety Show - Eyes & Teeth - Season 15 - Edition 6
Welcome to Eyes & Teeth The Worlds Greatest Variety Show, Season 15 edition 6 with the one and only Harry Hill.Harry is about to embark on a new UK Tour with his new musical Tony Blair the Rock Opera. So today we catch up and talk about his work as a stand up comedian, musical producer, admirer of ventriloquists and their dummies, Sean Lock and much more. Harry’s success on television brought him awards and millions of fans but it was his decision to end the TV show that made him a household name as the schedule was gruelling and besides he is now able to tour his Stand Up show, write more books, collaborate with Steve Brown on exciting projects as well as be at home with his family instead of watching 12 hours of TV dramas and soaps for little comedy nuggets. Until I read his biography FIGHT I didn’t know how much hands on harry was in putting together these clips but that is the main reason he wanted more freedom after a good 10 years on ITV. My wife Nina & I loved the show so much we went along to one of the recordings to see the magic happen and he had us in hysterics as usual.One thing Harry does have as well as his successful career is that he has his charm laid back nature and I was delighted he agreed to our chat on Eyes & Teeth and its just in time to mention that the Tony Blair Rock Opera is now on sale at the Leicester Square Theatre and is on from April 15th to my 21st before going on a National Tour.Oh while I’m here my theatre Tour Ventriloquest – A Life in the Day of Arthur Lager continues April to August and can be seen in Hunstanton, Southampton, Hastings, Bungay Norfolk, Saddleworth, Verwood Dorset, Eastbourne, Chelmsford, Stafford, Axminster, Shanklin IOW, Ivybridge, Bromyard midlands, Haverhill Suffolk, Paighton and Ilfracombe in DEVON.Got to www.thestevehewlettshow.com for dates.Now its time for a special edition of Eyes & Teeth with Harry Hill