Jay Johnson started performing at eleven years old when he discovered his natural ability to make a cousin's doll come to life. This began a career using his imagination to entertain. His acute dyslexia disappeared in this world of imagery where he was able to find his self-esteem and notoriety. In high school he produced and starred in his own television show sponsored by a local Dallas, Texas car dealership. This led to summers performing in theme park shows like Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags over Georgia and Astroworld.
After graduating college, Jay moved to Los Angeles to pursue his ideas for television. To date he has hosted three comedy specials, produced and performed in two network television specials, two HBO specials, hundreds of guest appearances on variety shows, done over thirty national commercials and starred in four television series. Most memorable is his role as schizophrenic "Chuck and Bob" on the classic television comedy SOAP, which still runs in syndication all over the world.king his reality a dream.
Jay has dreamed of performing a one-man theatrical show most of his life. He believes the unique art form of ventriloquism is best appreciated when seen live. In “The Two and Only” Jay deconstructs and demonstrates this ancient and mystical art form in his personal journey from apprentice to mentor. Bringing ventriloquism to Broadway is a continuing part of that journey.
In addition to being a well-respected ventriloquist Jay is a writer, comic, cartoonist, poet, puppeteer, and ghost hunter. He is also a family man. He and Sandi Asbury have been married for over 30 years. They met while performing together in a show. Jay describes Sandi as the muse of his artistic life. They have two amazing sons, Brandon and Taylor both in college. Although talented musicians, writers, actors and artists, neither son decided to follow in their Dad’s voice tossing footsteps.
Jay wishes to thank Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel for making his dream a reality, and Sandi, Brandon and Taylor for making his reality a dream.