Jay Johnson

Personal Information
Jay Johnson 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 local 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. In the mid 70's Jay moved to Los Angeles to pursue his ideas for television. To date he has done over thirty national commercials, hosted three comedy specials, produced and performed in two network television specials, two HBO specials, hundreds of guest appearances on variety shows 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. Jay has dreamed of a one-man theatrical show most of his life. He believes the unique art form of ventriloquism is best appreciated when seen live, as it happens. In “The Two and Only” Jay deconstructs and demonstrates this ancient and mystical art form in his personal journey from apprentice to mentor. The nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show is a dream come true. 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 has been married to Sandi Asbury for over 30 years. They met while performing together in an Astroworld show. Jay describes Sandi as the muse in 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 dreams a reality, and Sandi, Brandon and Taylor for making his reality a dream.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 The Two and Only Linda Gross Theater 05/13/2004 Playwright
2 The Two and Only Linda Gross Theater 05/13/2004 Conceiver

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 The Two and Only Linda Gross Theater 05/13/2004 N/A
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show The Two and Only Actor
      The Two and Only Playwright