I just discovered a super talented lady named Nina Conti. She is well known for her ventriloquist talents. Now I have never been a big fan of ventriloquism, but as soon as I saw a video of her act on Youtube, I became a huge fan! She has a puppet monkey named Monk who is adorable. The two of them make a great combo. Nina makes their conversations seem so real, you will forget that Monk is really just a puppet and it is really all Nina.
Here is a video of Nina and Monk giving an interview when a talking robot dog approaches them.
Here is an example of Nina in more of a written, television show format. She and Monk are performing at a corporate event and then they are invited to a dinner party. Enjoy!