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2012

movie   12 Dogs of Christmas 2: Great Puppy Rescue

Kragen / Merrill Family Films
Ronn played 'Edgar Borgenostovitch' in this holiday family film.
(If you're in the UK, this is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.)

2010

stage show   V: The Ultimate Variety Show

Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City

2009

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


Ronn performed the mask routine with a newlywed couple (from the MDA staff). It's reminiscent of the original double mask routine from the Ronn Lucas Show, circa 1992 (only without the clown costumes!).

2009

movie   I'm No Dummy

Documentary about ventriloquism
Includes a small amount of talking head footage of Ronn.

2008

TV show   In My Corner with Rasheda Ali




2008

stage show   Cinderella

New Wimbledon Theatre, London
Ronn played Buttons (with Scorch) in this traditional festive panto, in the winter of 2008-9. The show also starred Alistair McGowan as Baron Hardup, Joanna Page as Cinderella, and Gareth Gates as Prince Charming.

2007

stage show   Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

After leaving the Rio, Ronn moved between a couple of other Vegas hotels before taking up residence at the Luxor's Atrium Showroom.

2007

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


2006

TV show   The Late Show with David Letterman


Ronn appeared with Scorch during Ventriloquist Week.

2006

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


2006

TV show   Nip/Tuck

FX
Season 4, Episode 14: Willy Ward
Ronn guest starred as Willy Ward, a ventriloquist seeking a face lift because he is aging compared to his dummy double, who used to look identical to him 20 years ago.

Ronn's performance is affecting despite the tiresome 'ventriloquism = mental illness' trope.

2004

TV show   The Casino

Mark Burnett Productions
Episode 8
Ronn was one of a group of Las Vegas celebrities (including Lance Burton, Mac King, Sheena Easton and others) invited to a dinner at the Golden Nugget.

2004

TV show   An American Celebration at Ford's Theater

2003

TV show   Switched!

Season 1, Episode 53: David and Gil

2003

TV show   National Lampoon's Funny Money

Game Show Network
Episode 13
Comedy game show on GSN - Ronn competed against magician Lance Burton in a special celebrity episode.

2002

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

2001

TV showstage show   An American Celebration at Ford's Theater

Ronn performed the mask routine with businessman Don Carty.

2001-06

stage show   Rio Hotel

The Ronn Lucas Show at the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

"...Lucas has raised afternoon shows in Las Vegas to their highest level yet." - Joe Delaney, Las Vegas Sun, 5th Oct 2001.

"Lucas serves up a medley of stand-up comedy, voice manipulation and audience interaction that is a 75-minute laughfest." - Barbara Scherzer, Las Vegas Mercury, Thursday, February 07 2002.

Review: Lucas turns Rio showroom into chat room by Jerry Fink, Las Vegas Sun (2003).

2001

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


2000

TV show   Just for Laughs - Montreal Comedy Festival

The Comedy Network

2000

radio show   This American Life

Episode: Dolls

1998

TV show   Silk Stalkings

Season 8, Episode 1: Do You Believe in Magic
Ronn plays himself, helping the investigators solve a crime by identifying the provenance of part of a puppet.

It's just one scene but quite fun, and Billy makes an appearance too.

1998

TV show   Storytime

Guest Story Reader - "The Dragon of an Ordinary Family" by Margaret Mahy

1998

TV showstage show   All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre for the President and Mrs Clinton

CBS

1997

TV showstage show   Comic Relief's American Comedy Festival

(awarded the producers recognition: "The Man Who Stole the Show")

1996

TV show   George and Alana

1996

movie   Belly Talkers

Elegant Films
Documentary

1995

TV show   America's Funniest Home Videos

ABC

1994

TV show   Secrets

BBC
Variety show hosted by Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee.

1993

TV show   The Children's Royal Variety Show

Scorch appeared 'on his own' as part of the story, then Ronn performed a separate comedy bit with Scorch.

1993

TV show   Xuxa

Various episodes, at least 3 appearances.

1992

TV show   The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon



Ronn has also appeared on the MDA telethon in various other years that I can't quite verify, including (I think) 1997, 1999 and 2004.

1992

TV show   Scorch

6 Episodes (only 3 aired):
Pilot
"Dragon Flu"
"You Gaslight up my life"
"First Time"
"Scorch Likes it Hot"
"Money, Money, Money"

TV comedy series - the premise was that Scorch was a real dragon who got struck by lightning while flying around and crash landed in the home of a dad and his daughter. The dad (played by Jonathan Walker) is going to audition for a job as a weather forecaster and they end up pretending that he is a ventriloquist and Scorch is his puppet, so that Scorch can hide in plain sight. Ronn performed Scorch but did not appear on-screen (credited as 'dragon wrangler').

Yes, it was pretty similar to ALF.

1991

TV showstage show   The Children's Royal Variety Show

In the presence of HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
In aid of the NSPCC
Filmed at the Dominion Theatre in London
Shown on BBC One

A variety show including a number of different entertainers (Dannii Minogue, Bobby Davro, Paul Daniels, Jason Donovan, Jeremy Irons, Michael Ball and more)

1991

TV show   The Chuck Woolery Show

Season 1, Episode 54



1990

TV showstage show   The Children's Royal Variety Show

In the presence of HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
In aid of the NSPCC
Filmed at the Dominion Theatre in London
Shown on BBC One

A variety show including a number of different entertainers (Paul Daniels, Paula Abdul, Jason Donovan, Lulu, Shakin' Stevens and more).
Ronn performed a very early version of the mask routine. The volunteer was a child (this being the Children's Royal Variety). It's a little clunky (the mask looks like it could fall to bits at any second!) and awkward to modern eyes, but the idea is there, ande would eventually be honed to the mask routine we know and love.

1990-92

TV show   The Ronn Lucas Show

Thames Television
A variety show hosted by Ronn, for Thames Television, UK
The weekly show format allowed for various interesting routines and innovations, including a double mask routine ('marriage counselling' with a husband and wife... involving clown costumes) Ronn walking the highwire with Billy on his shoulders (how did he operate the mouth? watch the left hand...) various riffs on the 'old ventriloquist stunt' of drinking a glass of water, Billy having his own smaller puppet and more.

1990

TV show   Night Court

WB
Season 8, Episode 6: Crossroads: Part 1
As far as I can tell, this episode was a clipshow, with the characters reminiscing about past events.

1990

TV show   An Evening at the Improv

Janson Media



1990

TV show   Match Game


Various appearances

1989

TV show   All New Mickey Mouse Club

Disney
Season 1, Episode 33: Anything Can Happen Day

1989

TV show   The Wickedest Witch


Ronn performed a character named Sammy - a creature called a 'Greevil'. (Ronn does not appear on-screen)

1989

TV show   The Hippodrome Show


Ronn hosted this variety show on British TV.

1988

TV show   Who's In Charge Here?

Disney Channel
Ace Award nomination
This is the much-loved special on the Disney Channel. (Looking to purchase a copy? Check the merchandise page on Ronn's official website for the latest info on where to buy). Honestly there's so much feedback about how much people loved this/ wore the tape out watching it over and over when they were a kid, and I can see why - it's technically amazing (e.g. the balloon bit!) and the material is fresh and funny.

1988

TV show   LA Law


Ronn played Kenny Peterson, a traumatised man who could only communicate via his acerbic puppet (which looked like him).

Ronn does a great job of making the character believable, and was nominated for a regional Emmy for the role. What's particularly interesting is what Ronn has shared about the experience: "It was very difficult acting because I had to be insecure and withdrawn and the puppet had to be aggressive, outspoken and angry, so try doing that with a sad face - try talking angry at the same time. That's pretty tough!"

1988

TV show   The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

CBS
Various appearances.

1988

TV show   Live! Dick Clark presents...

NBC



1988

TV show   Improv Tonite

Janson Media
Season 2, Episode 13.

1988

TV show   After Ten with Tarbuck




1988

TV show   Wednesday at Eight


A variety show hosted by Tom O'Connor, each week featuring a mix of singers, dancers, comics, magicians etc. It apparently led to 'Name that Tune' as a spinoff show.

1988

TV show   Des O'Connor Tonight


1988

TV show   The Tommy Hunter Show


1987

TV showstage show   The Royal Variety Performance

Held in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh K.G., K.T.
Filmed at the London Palladium
Presented by London Weekend Television

1987

TV show   The Super Dave Show

Showtime

1986

TV show   The Paul Daniels Magic Christmas Show

BBC
Ronn and Scorch appeared on this Christmas variety special.

1986

TV show   Night Court

WB
Season 4, Episode 1: The Next Voice You Hear...




1986

TV showstage show   All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre for the President and Mrs Reagan

CBS

1985

TV show   The Bob Monkhouse Show

BBC
Hosted by Bob Monkhouse, featuring a variety of comedians.
Two appearances, in February and June 1985.

1985

TV show   The Don Harron Show

(Not 100% sure of the year of this one!)

1985

TV show   Circus of the Stars

CBS

1985

TV show   Shadow Chasers

ABC
Season 1, Episode 4: Amazing Grace

1984

movie   The Muppets Take Manhattan

(uncredited)

1984

TV showstage show   On Stage America

Season 1, Episodes 4 and 8

1982+

TV show   The Tonight Show

Several appearances from 1982 onwards

1982

TV show   Comedy Tonight

So long ago that Ronn appeared with an earlier version of Billy! and the droid RU12.

1982

stage show   Sugar Babies


1981

TV showstage show   The Big Laff Off


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