Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dog of the Geek: Farfel!

farfelBreed: Hound Dog

Original Appearances: 1950s nightclubs

Other Appearances: Nestlé commercials from 1955-1965, sporadically afterwards, as well as a lot of merchandising.

Biography: Ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson had been working a late show at a nightclub in Wichita, Kansas with his dummy Danny O'Day when he spotted a stuffed dog a patron had left on a piano. He picked up the stuffed dog and started improvising a low-pitched voice for the dog. This inspired him to create a new character, which he commissioned from Chicago ventriloquist dummy maker Frank Marshall and named Farfel, after the Jewish pasta dish he'd seen on the menu of Borscht Belt resorts. Later, Farfel appeared with Danny O'Day in an 11-year-long run of Nestlé's Chocolate commercials, with Farfel providing the final line, i.e. Danny: “N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestlé's makes the very best...” Farfel: “Choc-late!”

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: N/A

Miscellaneous: Farfel, along with Danny O'Day, was manufactured as ventriloquist dummies for children learning how to do ventriloquism. Both came with a record and script that would teach you the art, although the record was the same for both.

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