PUPPET MASTER: David Strassman with the cast of  iTedE .
PUPPET MASTER: David Strassman with the cast of iTedE . Adam Shane Photgraphy

Strassman not pulling any punches ahead of Warwick visit

DAVID Strassman has never claimed to follow the rules of conventional ventriloquism.

Corny jokes and childish songs aren't his style. He prefers dark and edgy humour as a way of keeping his crowds entertained.

Strassman, who is appearing in Warwick for the first time next month, said he wanted to break free of "daggy” stereotypes in his performances.

"I am breaking all the laws of puppet physics. For the first half I'm using traditional hand-up-the-bum ventriloquism, I'm actually physically holding the puppets and manipulating them and it's literally a laugh every 10 seconds,” he said.

"The second half I do something never before done in theatre - operate five puppets using remote controls in a six-way, mind-blowing argument conversation.”

Strassman said his production tackles hot topics in a humorous way.

"The show holds a silly mirror up to our society,” he said. "It says social media is changing the way the way we're interacting.

"At the end of the day I'm a grown man that plays with dolls for a living.”

Visiting Australia isn't new for the American ventriloquist, who has been performing consistently here since 1991 - and he enjoys the lifestyle so much he is considering retiring Down Under.

"I've been coming to Australia for 20 years, it's like my second home,” he said. "I know politics, I know cultural milestones, I love Australia. My show will be very Aussie-fied.

"Once my son graduates high school I'll probably end up retiring in Australia. I love the attitude and I love the sausage sizzle at Bunnings.

"I love the fact there is no guns. I was in Hobart on the night of the (Port Arthur) shooting. I was very impressed that the country said give us your guns.

"I live in a sickening state with an a---hole reality television star as the president, where there are 300 million guns between 320million people. So I love Australia.”

David Strassman is bringing his show iTedE to the Warwick RSL on Saturday, March 17. Tickets can be purchased from reception at 65 Albion St.



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