BURBANK, CA (AP) The audience on the "Tonight Show" was treated to a live performance by Senor Wences and his friends Johnny and Pedro. The 105-year-old ventriloquist from Spain had been recently fired by Ed Sullivan after Pedro (the voice in the box) hurled several insults at the not easily amused Mr. Sullivan.
Senor Wences had been living on the street in New York for several weeks, using the high-pitched voice of Johnny to panhandle money from people in Times Square. Comedian Jay Leno was practicing his "Jaywalking" routine when he came upon the unemployed Senor Wences and asked the ventriloquist, "Is everything all right?"
" "S'all right," came the deep voice from the wooden box, followed by the abrupt sound of the lid snapping shut. Jay Leno insisted on bringing the whole act back to California with him, and the next day they all drove across the country in Jay's Duesenberg SJ --- amusing toll collectors all across the country with "Johnny" asking directions at every stop.
During the first appearance on the "Tonight Show" it became apparent that Kevin Eubanks thought "Pedro" was real when he asked him out on a date.