By Anna-Marie Menhenott
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Michael Winslow, the man of 10,000 sound effects from Police Academy, Spaceballs and "Geico" commercials, will be in town on May 31 and June 1.
Since his big break as Sgt. Larvelle Jones in the Police Academy series, Mr. Winslow has been entertaining audiences with his stand-up comedy and of course, the special effects from his vast array of voices.
"The voices have taken on a life of their own," Mr. Winslow said. "I don't do traditional stand-up. I break lots of rules. My job is to help everyone forget about the rent for an hour. I want my audience to have a good time and forget about everything else."
His mom tells stories about when he was young he would imitate the airplanes, jet engines, basically anything that made a noise he copied with sounds that came out of his mouth.
If those who are curious about Mr. Winslow's "act," visit his Youtube channel or Google his name, and they will get a small dose of what his show is all about.
"Years ago I spoke with Bill Cosby about stand-up, and he told me that what I should do is tell stories and put sound to them. And, basically, that's what I do. There's music, it's kid-friendly, and there's lots to laugh at. The crowd interacts with me and there's never a sure plan as to where the evening may go. I'm learning new sounds all the time, and I change with the times. I spent a month in Scotland listening to bagpipes and fighter jets... and now they've become part of my show."
Spinning off the instant success of the Police Academy movies, Mr. Winslow's celebrity status was in place. He went on to play a part in Mel Brooks "Spaceballs." This film helped further his spotlight as a unique comedian. He has also been heard, but not seen, the voice to Stripe, the evil little creature, in "Gremlins."
He has done voice-overs for Disney and Universal Studios in such rides as "Back to the Future and Terminator" and been part of television hits "Robo Chicken" and "Family Guy."
Whether he is recreating the sounds of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, the roar of a jet plane, his talent is remarkable.
Mr. Winslow will be at the Black Box Theatre in Fort Pierce at 8:30 p.m. on May 31. Tickets are $15 or $20 for a VIP ticket which includes meet and greet before the show. All Comedy Corner shows have full bar, snacks, free popcorn and ticket giveaways to Sunrise Theatre events. Call the Box Office for tickets at (772) 461-4775
Mr. Winslow will also be at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Limited VIP tickets will include a meet-and-greet from 7 to 8 p.m. at $20 per ticket in advance only. General admission tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, if still available.
Please call (772) 807-4499 for tickets and (772) 807-4488 for information or visit www.cityofpsl.com/civic.