Twelve years have passed since ventriloquist Terry Fator won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” but he’s still warming hearts and humoring audiences with his unique talents of singing, comedy, and celebrity impressions.

Fator brings his cast of characters, including Winston the impersonating turtle, to the Peace Center in Greenville on Aug. 2 for one show only. 

From Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer” to witty humor, Fator and his puppets take audiences through a range of emotions. He warns that you may even shed a tear or two in between all the laughter.

“I’m not one of those normal type of entertainers where they go, ‘Oh, just laugh, laugh, laugh,’” he says. “There can be times when you’re reflective, times when they’re bringing a little tear to your eye.”

Winston singing “The Prayer” is one of those emotional moments. “It made my wife cry for the first six months just because it’s so beautiful,” Fator says.

His spot-on impressions range from Dean Martin and Stevie Wonder to Lady Gaga and Elton John. For the past decade, Fator’s family-friendly show has headlined at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

A compilation of Terry Fator’s AGT performances

While not a kid show by any means, Fator’s humor appeals to the adult intellect while keeping it clean and engaging for younger listeners.

“I promise that when you come to the show, you’re gonna leave feeling on top of the world. It’s just so much fun,” he says. “It’s just something for everybody.”

With childhood dreams of entertaining people, Fator acted in school plays and sang in church every chance he got. Then at age 10, he found a book on ventriloquism.

“I found out pretty quickly that I had the talent for it,” he recalls. Little did he know that many years later, he would perform on “America’s Got Talent,” headline in Vegas, and tour the country.

“They say laughter is the best medicine. Well, my show is the best medicine for what ails you,” he says. “I just hope to see a lot of people out there to celebrate with us just how much fun life can be.”

Terry Fator

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: Peace Center, 300 S. Main St., Greenville
Tickets: $45-$75
Info: peacecenter.org

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