DEUCES WILD! DUELING PIANOS
For a pair of self-taught pianists from Minnesota, David Charles Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld have mastered the sophisticated nuances of burlesque's best ribald and bawdy traditions, which made Las Vegas and Paris famous. Eichholz and Manderfeld are the members of Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos, a piano duo offering a Las Vegas-style show of comedy and extensive audience participation featuring an unlikely and surprising mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock and country to rap and show tunes. The key to their marathon of musical comedy, however, is the unabashed and completely liberated participation of audience members from 18 to 80.
The show takes on an organic nature, feeding not just on Eichholz's and Manderfeld's kinetic performing energy but on the audience's growing confidence and comfort level about the impromptu acting, dancing, or singing that is heartily welcomed by everyone in the house. Group toasts, good-natured ribbing of individual audience members put briefly under the glare of spotlights, and the firm yet gentle recruitment of reluctant show participants add to the camaraderie that develops during a Deuces Wild! performance.
From the moment Dave and Ted step on stage together they demonstrate a chemistry that is rarely captured in a performance of this caliber. Whether it¹s a corporate party, club or bar scene Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos has been the choice audiences have been begging to come back!
David Charles Eichholz
David has been performing the dueling piano concept for over 10 years and prides himself on being able to hold the attention of his audience from the moment he takes the stage till the last note of the encore. You won’t find a more polished entertainer with such a wide variety of skills.
Ted got his start in Deuces Wild by walking out of his day-job, and demanding an audition. Although he hadn't previously played in a dueling piano style show, his amazing showmanship and obvious ability to perform as a world class entertainer blew away the competition! Since then he has played hundreds of dueling piano shows and clubs all over the country!
When not on the road with DWDP, Ted spends his time as a producer of sold out shows, including the Billy Joel and Elton John tribute show “Eye 2 Eye”, and the ever popular annual “Rock n Roll Xmas Spectacular”, which he co-produces with former Jonny Lang guitarist Paul Diethelm.
Ted has also spent time in the studio as jingle writer, recording artist and producer of both his first CD and upcoming Xmas CD; as an actor and even as a game show host!! Whether it be in front of thousands of people opening for HBO’s Dennis Miller or in front of a few hundred people at the Red Carpet in his hometown...Ted has consistently proven that he truly is a showman's showman and musician’s musician!