Meanwhile on B’way

Word of mouth, you should pardon the expression, is building on a one-of-a-kind show — or rather two of a kind. It’s “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” starring Johnson and Bob, plus a few other “friends.” There’s now talk of a DVD starring Jay’s cast of characters. 

We were talking his 30-year career recalling his — and Bob’s — appearance with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in 1979 on “The Ventriloquist Event.” “I was the new kid in the biz,” Johnson fondly recalls. The veteran Bergen complimented him with, “You have such a nice falsetto –” then paused to find the words and blurted out — “well, dammit, it’s a young voice!”

“I was only in my 20s,” Johnson recalls. He reminds us “Bob never ages — I think he had some of that Beverly Hills work done.”

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