Comedian & Ventriloquist
Ian Varella is one of the most popular ventriloquists in entertainment today. His performance combines comedy, variety and customized audience participation into one great package.
He has the rare skill to bring to life each of his wise-cracking characters. The mark of a true professional is the ability to perform under any circumstances, to give the best to and get the best from any audience. Ian has this ability.
Ian personalizes his comedy. Fill him in on the inside company jokes or personality quirks and watch everyone roll on the floor laughing as he gives a good-natured ribbing. You also get to choose one person who gets turned into a life-sized ventriloquist "dummy." Everyone will love watching what happens during this special and hilarious part of the show.
Ian Varella has opened for many major acts such as:
A great entertainment package is yours when you hire Ian Varella!
Ian has the rare skill to bring each of his wise-cracking characters to life. Ian has the mark of a professional allowing him to perform under any circumstance and give the best as well as get the best from any audience.
You need Ian Varella for the best in comedy entertainment. This skilled entertainer will ensure the success of your event. Make sure to inquire early for Ian’s availabilities.
“The funniest entertainer we’ve ever had.”
- Cypress Semiconductors
“You were definitely a hit!”
- Century Companies
“You provided an up-beat, fun show with no bad language or off-colored jokes.”
- Supervalu Foods
“Your show as extremely well-received by everyone.”
- 3M Corporation
“The only comedian to get two standing ovations.”
- Ford Motor Company
TELEVISION AND OPENING ACTS
HBO, Showtime, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Statler Brothers Show, Penn&Tellers Sin City Spectacular, The Donny and Marie Show, B.J. Thomas, Highway 101, Chubby Checker, Randy Travis, Sawyer Brown, Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Daniels, Bellamy Brothers
Whirlpool, Intel, Compaq, Nokia, Gateway 2000, 3M, Honeywell, Amway, Coors, Burger King, Anderson Windows, General Motors, Ford, Norwest Banks, Arthur Anderson, Sysco, Land O’ Lakes, Pepsi, Raytheon, Tru-Valu Hardware, Exxon, Dell Computers, EDS
Carnival, Chandris Fantasy, Norwegian, Holland American, Royal Olympic, Regency, Princess, Renaissance, Premier and Admiral
Inspiration comes in many forms. For Ian Varella, it as a young ventriloquist he saw while attending school. Witnessing the wonders of this art form had a profound effect on Ian. The next day he began devouring books on the subject at his local library. The desire to become an entertainer was instantaneous and probably had something to do with his background.
Ian's mother, Jane, has been a professional musician most of her life. Appearing with top flight bands around the country and being featured on national television gave her a great deal of experience, which Ian has learned from.
Ian worked his way up the hard way, preferring not to use his mothers influence. Starting with shows for his classmates, Ian began performing at libraries around his home town of Dayton, Ohio. These shows quickly led to paid performances with repeat engagements.
After graduating from high school, Ian won a grant to study at the prestigious Berkshire Center for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts. During his two-month sojourn, Ian studied all aspects of theater including voice and acting. In 1980, Ian began attending Wright State University working toward a bachelors degree in communications and public relations. To finance his education, he performed shows in the evenings and weekends. During summer breaks he made appearances at fairs, festivals and theme parks throughout the United States. In four summers he performed over 3000 shows at Cedar Point, Kings Island and Valley Fair Amusement parks.
For over a decade Ian Varella has entertained some of America's top Fortune 500 companies. He has recently completed engagements at several of the top show rooms in Las Vegas. He has toured the world numerous times aboard NCL, Holland America, Princess and Renaissance Cruise Lines.
His opening acts credits read like a "Who's Who" in country music. Ian has shared the stage with the Statler Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Aaron Tippon, Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, and George Straight just to name a few. His television credits include HBO, Showtime, TNN and Fox Networks.