Five questions: Ventriloquist – and college graduate – Hannah Leskosky | New



Hannah Leskosky, a 2009 varsity lab high school class graduate, will perform at her 10th reunion on Sunday in Urbana.

The same will be true for Marty, who is not a graduate, she told editor Paul Wood.

Marty is a unicorn puppet.

Leskosky lives and performs in Los Angeles.

If her name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she’s the daughter of News-Gazette writer Richard Leskosky and May Berenbaum, head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois since 1992.

This five-question feature offers four for Lesksosky and one for Marty.

How does it feel to come back to Urbana?

I am excited! I haven’t been back for a long time and Uni has always been a supportive community, especially when it comes to creativity.

It provided me with many opportunities to explore my interest in acting on stage, so being invited back allows me to thank the school for recognizing the value of such a non-traditional career path.

What about you, Marty?

I do not care.

I don’t know these people.

What did you two do?

I recently attended a few comedy festivals in Los Angeles and Chicago and continue to perform at local comedy clubs.

In addition to upcoming concerts in Southern California, I’m preparing a show for next summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival and a main stage show at the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention, the world’s largest ventriloquist gathering.

What were your highlights?

I was on “The Gong Show”, filmed another YouTube show that has yet to air (“Good Mythical Morning”), and I my own youtube channell (although it is not updated as much as my mom would encourage me to).

Marty has his own Instagram (@ marty.licorne), and I think he’s writing a book, but I’m not sure; he didn’t tell me.

Special honors?

I received a People’s Choice Award from the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention four times and selected as Best of the Fest at three comedy festivals in 2018.



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