Although Rosanna Arquette was desperately seeking Madonna, April Brucker is just desperately seeking Mr. Okay because her dating life has been such a disaster. And while she is looking for Mr. Okay, April Brucker has stumbled upon another disaster — Donald J. Tramp, the former President of the Uninformed States of America.
Donald J. Tramp is a ventriloquist’s dummy that bears a striking resemblance to the 45th President of the United States, complete with orange quaff, squinty eyes and an outrageous mouth. The ventriloquist is actress, author, comedienne and television personality April Brucker.
April launched Mr. Tramp’s career as the celebrity spokesperson for Stand Together Against Trump (STAT), which organized the largest anti-Trump protest at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Her appearances with Mr. Tramp in Cleveland’s Public Square attracted media coverage from the Associated Press to Reuters to print, television and web media outlets worldwide.
Donald J. Tramp is certainly not Mr. Right, and definitely not even Mr. Okay. The petite Monroe-esque comedienne is certainly deserving of Mr. Right. Her TV credits include ABC’s What Would You Do?, CBS Sports Now, NBC’s Today Show, plus numerous cable and syndicated shows, including Cash Cab, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The Layover and My Strange Addiction.
But despite her career success, her dating life remains a disaster. Her collection of potential Mr. Right’s has included Mr. Convict, who made her a license plate for Valentine’s Day; Mr. Fugitive, who called her before almost dying in a police shootout; and Mr. Sexually Unsure, who always borrowed her lipstick. And of course, there was Mr. Married, Mr. Institutionalized and Mr. No Job and No Place To Live. She even dated Mr. I Was Abducted By Aliens and Mr. Sometimes Turns Into a Werewolf.
April thought she had finally found Mr. Right and became engaged after just three dates with the man of her dreams. However, her fiancé became increasingly jealous of her 16 ventriloquist puppets that she uses in her one-woman touring show. In less than a year, he gave her an ultimatum: “It’s either me or your puppets!”
The British tabloid “The Daily Mail” ignited a firestorm of press coverage for April Brucker with a feature story headlined, “Ventriloquist who splashes out £134,000 a year on her 16 PUPPETS that even have their own bedroom dumps her fiancé after he tells her, ‘It’s them or me!’”
The story spread internationally thanks to dozens of foreign newspapers and magazines and went viral on the Web. And then came obsessed suitors from all over the world. Now her dating resume includes stalkers, ex-cons and of course restraining orders. Police sirens often accompany April when she is breaking up with an obsessed suitor.
April isn’t asking for the moon. She doesn’t want a doctor, lawyer, or Native American chieftain. Nope, those are pipe dreams her mother told her to abandon long ago: “Sweetie, just remember people don’t want to break up with you.” April Brucker just wants a dude who can put up with 16 puppet children, a closet full of costumes, boxes of books and comics and her love for non-fiction history documentaries and pretzels. If you can deal with those things, you are Mr. Okay and maybe your one arrest and partial lobotomy just may be okay, too.
April earned her BFA in Acting in 2007 from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and in 2019 was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing/Screenwriting from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has been a volunteer advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, LGBTQ+ rights, cervical cancer awareness, anti-bullying, domestic violence prevention and body positivity. She has authored "Don't Read My Lips! — America's Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of a Successful Vent" (ISBN: 0984208585) and “I Came, I Saw, I Sang: Memoirs of a Singing Telegram Delivery Girl” (ISBN 0741477939), which are available from bookstores and online retailers.
April recently completed a nine month engagement as the special guest star in "BurlesQ," an all-female review at Alexis Park Resort Las Vegas.
“I certainly haven’t found Mr. Okay yet, but Mr. Okay is out there… isn’t he?”
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