Since Sofia Vergara became a judge on “America’s Got Talent” in 2020, there were several remarks about her being a ventriloquist — or, as she adorably pronounces it, “ventriquolist.” But is Sofia Vergara really a ventriloquist? To answer that question, we have to go back to his former work as one of the “Modern Family” stars.
In her 11 years on the ABC family comedy, the Colombian-American actress earned four Emmy nominations for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, wife of Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Manny’s mother (Rico Rodriguez). Obviously, over the course of 250 episodes, the show’s characters sometimes ventured outside of their normal comfort zones and did crazy things for entertainment purposes, and one of those stories involved Gloria becoming, yes, a ventriloquist.
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Gloria’s puppet, Mr. Grumpy, made his official debut in the Season 4 episode “Yard Sale” as a way for Manny to respect her mother again and for Gloria to respect herself. “Damn maracas, I think I sat on the right lap,” she said in Mr. Grumpy’s gruff voice. Some of the other puppet zingers included, “Look at all those white faces, I see we’ve made it past the wall”, “I just got out of the cinema – a full day’s pay to see ‘Basic Instinct’ and basically it stinks,” and “I just met the girl of my dreams – she gave me termites!
At the end of the hilarious scene (look below), the other characters realized that Gloria had actually married a human version of her puppet, as Jay acts, dresses, and sounds like Mr. Grumpy.
One of the most popular contestants to win “America’s Got Talent” was Darci Lynne Farmer, who was only 12 years old when she won in 2017 thanks to her ventriloquism skills. Of course, when Vergara joined the show in 2020, the producers only had to introduce her to Darci for a special one-on-one chat.
“Did you know that I am also a ventriloquist? Vergara asked the talented teenager (look below). “May I introduce you to Mr. Grumpy?” The actress then released the same puppet used in “Modern Family” a decade earlier. Vergara started showing off his skills, although Darci didn’t seem too impressed. Maybe Vergara was moving her lips a little too much for the girl’s liking?
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During the June 14, 2022 episode of the NBC reality show, the judges discussed which talents they would showcase if they ever decided to compete on “AGT.” Sofia called ventriloquism “something that comes naturally to me,” while Heidi Klum claimed that she “yodeled while hula hooping” and Simon Cowell said he would do something “dangerous” and “exciting”.
Later in the same episode, a ventriloquist comedian named jack williams introduced himself to the judges and made sure to say hello to Vergara, his fellow puppeteer. After his act, he received four “yes” votes from the panel and advanced to the next round. “It means a lot to him [that I liked him]Vergara joked. “I’m sure he was shy to say he looked up to me.”