Teddy bears, woodchucks and creepy dolls, oh my!
Famous American ventriloquist David Strassman has been touring his successful show iTedE for the past four years, but locals will have only one more opportunity to see it.
The last stop on the iTedE tour will be right here in Macarthur on March 27.
Strassman told the Advertiser this was a great reason for locals to come out and see the show.
“This is the very last time iTedE will be performed live, ever,” he said.
“The next time you'll be able to see this is on Netflix or on an old-fashioned DVD from JB Hi-Fi.
“This being my last show is going to be an amazing performance, you don’t want to miss this one.”
Strassman loves bringing his unique comedic sensibilities to Australia.
He is perennially popular here and in New Zealand.
“I consider ‘Straya’ to be my second home,” he said.
“Performing anywhere in Oz feels like I'm performing in front of my friends or family. I truly feel at home here.”
The 60-year-old said iTedE was a “funny take on our addiction to smartphones and social media”.
“It’s my latest and most hilarious show,” he said.
“What sets it apart from my other shows? I’m older, funnier, wiser and yet I still am a grown man who plays with dolls for a living.”
Strassman said his material could be a little cheeky and was not entirely appropriate for children.
“This show is definitely not for the Wiggles audience as there are adult themes and language,” he said.
“It’s no Rodney Rude or anything, but nothing worse than you’d hear on HBO. Anyone between 12 and 15 can attend with a parent or adult.”
One of the most spectacular parts of the iTedE show is a 25-minute, six-way conversation between the puppet characters.
Despite several years of touring the show, Strassman said there is still the occasional slip-up.
“I still stuff up some of the lines,” he said.
“Those stuff-ups are some of the funniest parts of the show.
“It took lots of practice and practice and practice – a whole year’s worth. But it wasn’t that hard because those voices are already in my head.”
Strassman’s advice for aspiring ventriloquists?
“Go to uni and become a palaeontologist or computer scientist,” he said.
“There are better professions!”
Catch Strassman’s iTedE at Camden Civic Centre on Tuesday, March 27 from 7pm. Tickets start at $49.90. Details: camdenciviccentre.com.au/events/strassmans-itede.