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Otto Petersen
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    (July 29, 1960-April 13, 2014)
    Born in Staten Island, New York
    Dummy was George
    Developed an X-rated ventriloquist act
    Frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show
    Appeared in 'Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen' (1988) and 'The Aristocrats' (2005)
    He dropped out of high school to become a street performer.
    His first 'George' was destroyed by an irate listener who did not appreciate the following exchange-- George: 'You're ugly.' Otto: 'Tell him you're sorry.' George: 'Okay. I'm sorry that you're ugly.'
    He said, 'I guess I have a lot of rage and I get it out through George.'
    His lips moved noticeably when he did Gorge's voice.
    One write-up noted, 'When Otto & George co-hosted the Porno Awards in Las Vegas, they were later told that George offended the people in attendance. Now that's extreme.'
    He said about Twitter, 'I still don't understand it, but I'm on it.'
    He was inspired by seeing Paul Winchell when he was seven.
    While performing in New York City on the streets and in the parks, he encountered John Lennon (who handed him two bucks and told him to give at least $1.50 to George, because he was funnier) and Peter Falk (who stayed through five shows, then gave him $50).
    He gave himself and George distinctively contrasting voices, which helped maintain the illusion of two speakers despite his poor lip work.
    He said, 'I like to think I have some wit. Some people just hear the cursing, though.'
    He demonstrated he could work clean and still get laughs with his appearance during 'Ventriloquism Week' on 'The Late Show with David Letterman.'
    Jim Norton said, 'Nobody made me laugh harder than him.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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