The recipient of the prestigious International Ventriloquist of the Year award, Dan Horn is considered by both his peers and audiences to be one of the best ventriloquists in the nation.
His wide-spread popularity, with audiences praising his flawless ventriloquism and excellent sense of timing, definitely makes Dan one of comedy's most entertaining performers.
In the campus market Dan and company have received some impressive nominations: Entertainer of the Year, Best Comedy, Best Male Performer - Campus Activities Today Magazine Entertainer of the Year
Dan began practicing ventriloquism and puppetering at the age of five, (according to him, because he didn't have any friends!). From this early beginning he has built a career which has yielded many worthwhile projects and spanned over two decades. In 1979 Dan was contracted by the City of Phoenix (Arizona) to present a program about traffic safety to it's elementary schools. Over a five year span, Dan appeared at one hundred plus schools many times over. In 1981 Dan and his puppet "friends" were honored guests at the National Safety Council's annual Congress. Dan Horn's traffic safety program became so popular, an independent production company produced a film of his show. Coupled with an educational package Dan helped develop, this film, now in release in video, continues to educate and entertain school children nationally.
SAMCOR, the parent company of Phoenix Good Samaritan Hospital, utilized Dan's ability to communicate with children as the on-screen talent, creative advisor and co-writer for the video series JUST FOR KIDS. These eleven health - oriented programs reach kids in schools, hospitals, and at home via cable and public airway systems. The series has been honored with many awards in the field of education and number seven in the series, Peer Pressure, was nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy.
In 1981, Dan joined the cast of KPHO Television's The Wallace and Ladmo Show (which aired from 1954 to 1990). For seven years television audiences enjoyed this children's comedy program featuring Dan and his puppets each weekday morning. Dan was able to contribute many aspects of his personality to the show: comedy and comedy writing, ventriloquism, puppet design, costume and set construction, drawing and music composition.
With the exposure from this extremely popular show and it's hilarious comedy routines (it was a not so well - kept secret that the show was just as popular with college students and adults as it was with the kids! - even Stephen Speilberg mentioned his love for the show on Entertainment Tonight!) and from frequent television and radio commercial appearances Dan Horn and his puppets became very well known throughout Arizona and the southwest.
Performing at comedy clubs, casinos, colleges, cruises and conventions, Dan Horn established he was not just an entertainer for kids. Headlining at major comedy club chains led to engagements at Harrah's in Reno, NV. and the Sheraton Valley Forge in Pennsylvania where Dan was the featured comedy act in the reviews Zing! and Champagne on Ice. At the Reno Ramada he headlined The Comedy Circuit and Forty Isn't Fatal.
Holland America, Crystal, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Seaborne and Norwegian (NCL), Cruise Lines have engaged Dan Horn's one man (and a cast of several!) show eliciting standing ovations and rave reviews from passengers and staff for many years. In the college market, Dan has attended many N.A.C.A. (National Association of Campus Activities) conventions, receiving standing ovations from the students resulting in over several hundred college appearances from Alaska to Florida and just about everywhere in between.
Dan Horn has been a guest on many of today's top comedy television shows. He has been seen on Showtime's Comedy Club Network, Fox's Comic Strip live, and Sunday Comics, A & E's An Evening At The Improv, VH 1's Stand-up Spotlight, CBS's Entertainment Tonight, NBC's TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, NBC's Fridays, The Vicki! Show !" (where one of Dan's characters referred to Ms. Lawrence as Oprah!), Funny Business With Charlie Chase, and The Penn and Teller Show. Sets of Dan Horn's work from these shows and others have been aired many times and continue to be popular and air on comedy cable channels.
Among many of the notable performers Dan has worked with are: David Spade, Rosie O'Donnell, Dana Carvey, Kip Adotta, Jimmy Walker, Steve Landesberg, Bruce Baum, Rich Jeni, Brad Garret, Gabe Kaplan, Pat Paulsen, Morey Amsterdam, and Jackie Vernon. Dan Horn has also had the opening honors for Rita Rudner and the host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno.