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!”
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Griffiths, who is about to begin editing the Melbourne Cup drama Ride Like A Girl after finishing the shoot, endorsed Hollywood star Sandra Bullock's recent comment that it was time for women to "stop being polite" about gender equality. (more…)
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The youngsters are some of the 2,300 children who have been forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border since the White House announced a zero-tolerance policy on migrant families in May.
"The AP has just broken some new news," Maddow started.
"Um, this has just come out from the Associated Press, this is incredible. Trump administration have been sending babies and other young children – oh, hold on," she said, her voice breaking.
Maddow attempted to get through the breaking news piece one more time before moving the show over to a guest. "To at least three – three tender age shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers… I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry."
Maddow took to Twitter shortly after the segment aired to say sorry to her viewers. "Again, I apologise for losing it there for a moment," she wrote. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
She also tweeted out what she had been trying to say in her live read, writing out what was presented in the AP story. "Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the "tender age" shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis…" she wrote.
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