Best known for a hilarious prank, with over 500 million views and counting, internet sensation Andy Gross is a multi-talented, nationally recognized entertainer who combines stand-up comedy, magic and ventriloquism on stage. His “Split Man” trick premiered on YouTube in 2013 before being showcased on a variety of national platforms - The Ellen Show, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN and MTV.
Now, the Savannah community will have the chance to see Gross live, Saturday Aug. 14 at the Savannah Comedy Revue.
A unique spin on the classic cut-in-half illusion that he dubs the "Split Man" trick, Gross pranks his audiences by making it appear as though he’s been severed in two but yet still able to walk around. Since “Split Man’s” debut, Gross has gotten calls from not only major television networks, but from all around the world asking him to appear. “When I started doing split man and put it on video, I received calls from around the world asking me to perform,” said Gross. "The Internet is so big, so vast. I would never have thought something like that would have taken off. I’ve done shows all around the world — people have contacted me from Dubai, Israel and India.”
Gross will bring other large-scale illusions to the stage - puppet characters. Among the more notable puppet characters audiences will meet is Steve. “Steve is a customer service guy who dispenses computer repair support by telephone,” Gross said. “He’s witty; he’s funny; he’s random.” Gross has frequently been compared to Don Rickles and Robin Williams for his rapid-fire ad libs, dry comedic humor, and his ability to throw his voice. His talent as a ventriloquist has been put to use in television series such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Las Vegas, as well as in the sci-fi Web series After Judgment.
With the growing popularity of shows like “America’s Got Talent,” magicians and ventriloquists have grown traction among audiences in recent years.
“Two magicians and three ventriloquists have won AGT,” Gross said. Comedian Jeff Dunham has been performing ventriloquist stand up acts for a long time. People have always been fascinated with magic and I think with the growing popularity of talent shows, magicians and ventriloquists have really made a comeback in the comedy world.”
Other mind-boggling acts audiences can expect to witness include Gross’ ability to read minds, turn an audience volunteer into his human puppet and make a signed $100 bill vanish and reappear inside of an orange.
“My show will be sophisticated and fun, perfect for an adult date night out,” Gross said.
The performance starts at 8 p.m., admission is $15 for stadium seating and $25 for VIP. Must be 21 or older to attend. To purchase tickets, call or text 314-503-9005 or for information, visit savannahcomedyrevue.com.