One might think that with finding success after 25 years of performing at county fairs and oddball venues the moral of singer-comedian-celebrity impressionist Terry Fator’s story might be the cliché of: Never give up on your dreams. But when it comes to Fator’s story of success after 40 that old adage doesn’t quite ring true.
“I actually don’t believe in not giving up” laughs Fator 49 who was ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comics just behind Jerry Seinfeld in 2013. “It’s okay to give up because I did. I worked for 25 years playing every fair small club and kids’ party I could and it just felt like it wasn’t going to happen. I resigned myself to just playing kids parties. That was okay for me. But I didn’t stop working and doing the thing that I love to do and getting better at it. Once I did that something finally happened for me.”
That “something” was NBC’s hit competition show “America’s Got Talent.” After turning down a chance to compete on the first season of the show his fans wrote the show saying they just had to have Fator on. Producers called Fator and invited him to audition. After seeing and liking Season 1 of the show Fator went for it and in 2007 the then 42-year-old comedian became the “America’s Got Talent” Season 2 champ taking home the $1 million prize and title of “Best New Act in America.”
It wasn’t long before Sin City would recognize Fator as the headlining act he was destined to be. In 2007 he signed a $1.5 million deal to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton. The following year Fator signed what has been described as “one of the largest entertainment deals in Las Vegas history” to headline his own show “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. In 2015 the show celebrated its sixth anniversary at the iconic Strip resort which followed a contract extension that finds Fator calling The Mirage home through 2016.
Fator impersonates more voices than he can count with the help of more than a dozen characters singing everything from Nat King Cole Garth Brooks Roy Orbison Dean Martin Elvis Louis Armstrong Bruno Mars and many more
Today Fator finally has that audience of millions who enjoy his work through his sold-out and award-winning live show multi-platinum selling DVDs (his debut DVD “Terry Fator: Las Vegas” charted four times platinum) and numerous memorable television appearances. The industry has certified him a bona fide superstar as well with Simon Cowell declaring Fator to be “one of the best entertainers in the world” and The Best of Las Vegas Awards honoring “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” with awards for Best Show Best All-Around Performer Best Impersonator and Best Overall Show.
What’s next? “I just always want to entertain. That’s it. I never had fans before and now that I do I just want to keep them smiling and laughing” he adds.