Madame and Me

Before there was Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator, there was Wayland Flowers. Technically, Flowers was less a ventriloquist and more a puppeteer, but the basic premise remains the same. He did shows and skits with puppets. One of his most famous puppets was an old hag named Madame. Maybe “hag” isn’t so nice, but, man, was this broad misshapen, particularly in the chin and mouth area. Not only did she have a distinctive look, but she had a distinctive gravely voice as well. Flowers and Madame appeared on The Andy Williams Show, Hollywood Squares, and Laugh-In, and she also had her own sitcom, Madame’s Place. But I know her best from her many appearances on Solid Gold. Like so many things I saw in my really young days, I couldn’t understand Madame and was pretty much traumatized by her. But I don’t find her scary today. At least, not as scary.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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4 thoughts on “Madame and Me

  1. Alphacentaurian says:

    To this day, that puppet still gives me the Jibblies. It’s second only to Chucky on the creep-o-meter

  2. I agree with Alphacentaurian — creep level is high with Madame. Yes I always remember not being able to look away when she was on the screen. Perhaps I was just afraid to turn my back to her?

  3. Oh my god, I haven’t thought about Madame in years! I was never really freaked out by her, I guess I thought she was kind of funny. She looks like a fancy witch.

  4. Doug says:

    The creep factor is increased when you’re a kid and you don’t understand what is going on. I’m not sure I understood why she was a puppet, and I certainly didn’t understand why she looked as she did.

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