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Will Tyler and Lester
By The Skanner News
Published: 17 April 2018

Will Tyler & Lester appearing this week at Harvey’s Comedy Club which is under new ownership.

"Saw me open and count my rings."

That's the answer Willie Tyler’s little buddy, Lester, gives when asked how old he is.

Willie began to see Ventriloquists like Paul Winchell, on TV. He Started performing in Detroit, Michigan at the age of ten. While still in grade school he took a Correspondence Ventriloquist course from popular Mechanics magazine Ad. Between school and delivering newspaper, Willie would would find time to preform in variety shows and talent contests. This is where he developed his craft.

After four years in the U.S. Air Force Willie returned to Detroit and a few years later signed with the Motown Record Corporation. For the next eight years he and Lester toured with all the Motown greats (“Smokey Robinson & The Miracles”-“ Diana Ross and The Supremes”-“The Temptations”-“ Little Stevie Wonder”-“Marvin Gaye,” and the “The Four Tops”, just a few to name a few.

TV appearances include The Tonight Show (NBC) ABC Weekend Specials, "Pacific Blue" (USA Network) "In The House." (NBC)” The Jimmy Kimmel Show (ABC)" and their very successful appearance on “ The Late Show Starring David Letterman.” (CBS).

Lester is a humorous little fellow and he sings pretty good too! Although he was born in the woods and worked his way out. Once you have seen him in action you will never forget this little “chip of the old block!”

Will Tyler & Lester will perform this weekend, Thursday- Sunday at Harvey's Comedy Club, located downtown at 436 NW 6th Ave. Tickets are on sale online or call 503 241-0338 for more information.

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