They Made Rabelais Look Like a Church Picnic

Otto Petersen and George Dudley have died. The NYT has an obit for the ventriloquist, calling him “the Voice of Vulgarity.” But there is no separate obit for George, the foul-mouthed dummy who delivered all the tasteless lines that made audiences laugh or walk out.

Margalit Fox, whose great lede I stole for my headline, notes:

No subject was sacred, and George’s myriad observations could range over matters sexual, scatological, urological, gastroenterological, racial, bestial, theological and homicidal. None will be quoted here.

So in the interest of full disclosure, here’s the comedy team doing some of its “classic ventriloquism”:

“Otto & George Live in NYC” (1988)

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