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Teddy! Chuck! Put down your iPhones and talk to me!

International comedy star, ventriloquist David Strassman, will have audiences in stitches with his brand new show iTedE. Off The Leash spoke to Strassman from Hollywood, California.

iTedE is an uproarious, jaw dropping take on our technology-laden lives. The sharp-tongued Chuck Wood and loveable Ted E. Bare have been thrust into the world of social media – constantly on their iPads and iPhones, not interacting with the real world.

“It’s all about the idea that we’re addicted to our screens – technology does the thinking for us. It desensitises us,” said Strassman.

Strassman’s most technically advanced stage production yet, iTedE introduces new technology that brings the world’s most advanced puppetronics to the stage. 

“This is an amazing show – I am breaking the laws of puppet physics in this performance. In the first half I operate with traditional hand up the bum ventriloquism,” said Strassman, “and then it gets crazy.” 

In a world-first feat, Strassman, who described it as “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my career,” creates a six way debate between himself, Chuck, Ted E. Bare, Grandpa Fred, Sid Beaverman and Kevin the Alien using a handheld wireless remote control in a hilarious and crazy discussion and argument on what is real and what isn’t. Audiences may forget this is actually a one-man show.

Combined with cutting edge lighting and jaw-dropping production, Strassman and his well-known puppet characters will bring mayhem and theatrics to a set designed by one of New York’s most renowned stage designers, Luke Cantarella.

iTedE will be sure to delight audiences with side-splitting comedy, jaw dropping puppetronics and a visual feast on stage. 

As part of his National Tour, Strassman indulges his love of the Territory with shows in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Fri 13 – Sat 14 May | 7pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre | $65 | $60 Memb, Conc, Child | yourcentre.com.au 

Sun 15 May | 6pm | Araluen Arts Centre | $60 | $55 Conc & Groups | 8951 1122

This performance is rated MA 15+. Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by parents or guardian. No one under 12 years admitted.

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