Monday, February 8, 2010

Sometimes you feel like a nut

Boa vinda, meus amigos de Brasil, à cobertura Olympic de aprendizagem do inverno de Ventriloquo.

Welcome, my Brazilian friends, to the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympic Coverage.

Considering that, in my mind, Brazil is mostly the home of the Amazon River, I'm impressed that the Brazilians have been to the last five Olympic Winter Games. So far their best showing was by Isabel Clark Ribeiro finishing ninth in snowboarding  at the 2006 Torino Games. This year, Brazilian cross-country skier Jaqueline Mourao will be competing, but is not really considered a contender. She's also an olympic mountain bike cross-country cyclist, and this will be her fourth consecutive Olympic Games (Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver). It's always good to keep busy, I guess.

It's really more likely that the visit by the Brazilian to BVWOC (TMis about some advance preparation for when Rio de Janiero hosts the Summer Games in 2016.  When it comes to covering the Olympic games, it's wise to check out who's doing it right. Ask the Vancouver people how many hits their official website has from Brazil. Bet they're not even counting.

From the Brazilian ventriloquism scene, here's a clip from Tarcísio Magalhães Sobrinho, also knows as Tarcísio Meira. He's a well known actor in Brazil, and is known from the early days of the popular Brazilian channel Globo. Tarcísio is the creator of Teatro de Marionetes Guarujá (Theater Guarujá the Marionette), and is, in at least one Brazilian's mind, the best ventríloquist of Brazil.

***Political Correctness Confusion Alert***
It's weird to try and figure out whether the black-faced puppet creates the same kind of stir in Brazil that it would produce here. It would be interesting to know where this falls in under the Brazilian definition of politically correct. It could just be the equivalent of Jeff Dunham's Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

In other sports news, The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, to win the American football championship game called the Super Bowl. The game's famous half-time show featured an old rock band. Based on their age, I think it was Bill Halley and the Comets.

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