Joe & Friends

Gandelman is a highly booked -- and rebooked -- family entertainer and educator. He opened for national musical groups, performed at Camp Pendleton before a speech by former Pres. Ronald Reagan and was seen on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He has performed at schools throughout the West, comedy clubs, the San Diego Zoo, fairs and festivals across the country and many corporate events.

He and his wooden dummies and cartoon-like latex puppets have also appeared in family variety shows at California big stage venues such as San Francisco s Palace of Fine Arts, San Jose s Civic Auditorium, Oakland s Paramount Theater, and the Anaheim Convention Center.

His act features comedy, music and lots of audience interaction. Gandelman has a large cast of state-of-the-art wooden and "soft" figures. His main character is John Raven, a wise-cracking boy who frustrates him at every turn. John and Joe are as popular when doing adult corporate entertainment events, as when doing children s private parties, Scouts blue-and-golds dinners, holiday shows, strolling entertainment or comedy clubs. At the end of every adult show Gandelman suddenly becomes a comedian, doing several minutes of topical standup and customized comedy material without his characters.

He and his wooden friends were featured in Public Interest Media s anti-teasing video "It s Not Funny," which was nationally marketed by the nonprofit California group to 35,000 middle and high schools across the country. His school assemblies have been acclaimed for their use of big laughs to communicate and help students retain serious information on themes such as anti-drug, anti-tobacco, character, respect, no teasing/no bullying, patriotism, diversity and pro-reading. Gandelman released an audio CD, Super Simplified Ventriloquism, which uses lots of laughs to teach basic ventriloquism techniques to kids and adults .

Gandelman has appeared on various local news and morning shows in cities such as Columbus, GA, Evansville, Indiana, and Las Vegas, Nevada. In July 2001 he and John Raven appeared on the NBC-TV series Spy TV, a hidden camera comedy. In the hidden-camera stunt, John Raven came "alive" when Joe left the room and asked a four-year-old child to help him run away from the mean old ventriloquist.