I've done professional stand up in the 1980's and early 1990's. Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a ventriloquist and or comedian.
My mom bought me a "Big Bird" and "Lester" ventriloquist puppets when I was a child. "Lester" was the puppet of ventriloquist Willie Tyler who was popular in the early 1970's.
Mom always thought I was good at doing impressions of people and she thought I would be good at ventriloquism. My mom was ironic in that she wanted to encouraged me to pursue my dreams, but when I tried, she discouraged it and told me I couldn't make a living off of acting, entertaining or the Arts. She was a depression era mom, so I could never understand her. She just wanted me to pick up a trade so I would be able to earn a living.
As an adult, I've not worked with a puppet since the early 1990's when I worked with an old dog puppet named Beaufort. I always wanted to add it to my act. However, after transitioning a lot of my goals and dreams where put on hold so that I could survive. That's why I became a cashier. To pay the bills. Now it's time to change all that.
By no means do I think I'm ready to hit the comedy circuit but with practice I think I could do pretty well.