Tap Payne and his ventriloquist dummy, Benny Woodman, during the Mighty Variety Show 2005. There will be a retirement reception for Payne on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Tap Payne takes final bows in Morris
Tap Payne isn't a ventriloquist, but he's played one on the stage.
Payne and his dummy, Benny Woodman, have made regular appearances in the PlayRights' Mighty Variety Shows, but, fortunately, Payne has never had to finish his opening joke because the bit was always interrupted by a murder backstage or Benny's unfortunate beheading.
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