Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator just released his second DVD, Terry Fator Live In Concert, on Tuesday. The multi-talented performer and America's Got Talent winner also took some time out between shows at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to talk with BFTV about putting out a second special, his live set, and the Vegas acts that he loves.
"I just felt like it was ready," he said of the decision to produce another DVD after several years since the arrival of his first one. "I'm such a stickler for quality. We put out a DVD back in 2009, and people have been asking me [to] put another one out. I just wanted to make sure it was perfect."
If you didn't guess from the title, this DVD is a recording of Terry's popular live show, which includes a little bit of everything: puppets, celebrity impressions, and music. Back in February, we brought you a clip of Terry and one of his characters doing their best take on Justin Bieber; if you missed that exclusive, we've included the video above for you to see what you'll be getting from the DVD.
What about the live show? What can fans who visit one of the performances in person expect? You'll see more of one of his most popular puppets, who you just watched above.
"On the DVD, Winston the Impersonating Turtle, he decides he wants to find a better show in Vegas. He goes off and tries to find a better show," Terry explained. "In the new [live] show, he's going Hollywood and decides he wants to try to figure out if he can be a movie star. We really kind of focus the show around him. It's amazing to see a turtle finding other jobs!"
Before he hit it big in Sin City, national audiences first met Terry when he was named the winner of Season 2 of NBC's America's Got Talent in 2007. He told us that the content in his live show - and by extension, on this home video release - is "Exactly the same. What I do, I focus on doing impressions of singers through puppets. There's a lot more comedy on the DVD. I didn't have a lot of time; on America's Got Talent, I had 90 seconds. On the DVD, there's a lot of comedy, just as much comedy as there is music. It's a real show."
"I've really learned that you have to stay focused on your audience," he continued. "When things all start happening, like winning America's Got Talent, some people can focus on that. Some people can focus on the fact that suddenly they're famous and it's a different world. But if you stay focused on your audience, you never lose who you always were."
Who he is, is a charming and versatile artist whose personality lends itself to such a major stage. Naturally hilarious and instantly likeable, Terry is just as much a character as any of the ones he's created, and like Winston and all the rest, he's impossible not to love. He brings a certain lightness of heart and plenty of laughter to the glitz and glamour of the busy Las Vegas Strip.
Who are the Vegas acts who have impressed Terry? We asked him to give us a few recommendations for your next trip."Boyz II Men performs at my theater on some Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. My wife and I went and saw them a few weeks ago, and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. They were phenomenal," he enthused. "Carrot Top's a lot of fun."
Over the last seven years, he's built his own pretty impressive resume, the latest and greatest in a career that's been going strong since he first decided to combine singing and ventriloquism back in 2005. He's opened for the likes of Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks, headlined over a thousand shows and counting, written a book, worked with charities, and of course, returned multiple times to America's Got Talent.
But right now, Terry is excited for America to see Terry Fator Live In Concert. "It's a long time coming," he told us, "and I'm more proud of this one than anything else I've ever done."
Terry Fator Live In Concert is available on DVD now; you can pick up your copy by clicking here. For more on Terry, be sure to visit his official website (terryfator.com) and follow him on Twitter (@terryfator).