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Topic: David Strassman
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Oct 31, 2012 02:40PM)
Does anyone on here follow David Strassman? I don't see a lot of discussion on him, but this guy has been a huge success overseas for many, many years. He is hilarious, has great technique, and I have always found his act to be extremely innovative and more than anything else, "entertaining". He is "adults only" for sure, but that is ok by me. I'm an adult......sometimes.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Oct 31, 2012 03:19PM)
I'm a Strassman fan. I don't think people discuss him much because he seems to shy away from the vent community. I know they've tried to get him to conVENTion and I'm told he has never responded.

He deserves the success!
Message: Posted by: Aussie (Oct 31, 2012 03:48PM)
He was a regular on television here in Australia during the late 80's and 90's most particularly a show called Hey Hey It's Saturday. He was a big favourite to Aussie viewers probably because he was one of the few overseas guests who actually understood our sense of humour. He often quipped how he is more well known here than in his home town. Wood Chuck was his main character back then (a kind of parody on Chucky I suppose) and he was kind of aggressive and mean spirited, then came Teddy E Bear which the girls really loved. I know he performs and is an international success now but I haven't seen much of him for years.
Message: Posted by: darrenc1 (Oct 31, 2012 04:01PM)
He still tours Australia, New Zealand, and the UK regularly but due to lack of TV opportunities his audience and venue sizes have gotten smaller. I saw him a year or so ago and actually left at interval as the show just wasn't funny. It seemed to be more of a "play" than a comedy show. In past interviews he has put down the convention and "cruise ship" vents ( I guess he means vents that tell jokes and get laughs!) and sees himself as more of an "artist" than a traditional type ventriloquist. He has four dvd's available which are basically recordings of his live shows over the past 10 years. They are readily available in Australia but I don't know about the rest of the world.
Message: Posted by: KeithS (Oct 31, 2012 06:49PM)
Strassman has certainly made me laugh via some of his video clips, particulary those of his interviews. I bought a few of his DVDs, but I didn't really enjoy those shows at all. As was mentioned, Chuck is really mean-spirted, which I just didn't connect with. That's interesting because I do find Otto and George funny.
Message: Posted by: Joseph_Then (Oct 31, 2012 09:35PM)
His show is one of the very few with high production value. One of my favorite ventriloquists. Unfortunately, he is coarse in his show so the kids shouldn't be watching.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Oct 31, 2012 11:45PM)
I need to get his DVD's. The clips I've seen are very innovative and funny.
Message: Posted by: Joseph_Then (Nov 1, 2012 12:22AM)
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On 2012-11-01 00:45, Mr. Pitts wrote:
I need to get his DVD's. The clips I've seen are very innovative and funny.
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Watch the DVD without the kids, bro. It's rated "M". :D
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Nov 1, 2012 02:04AM)
I have his DVD...I'm a big fan :)
Message: Posted by: kidshowvent (Nov 1, 2012 06:13AM)
Tom alluded to this earlier..we did reach out to David to come to the ConVENTion (I even had an Australian friend of mine contact him personally..) and he said he was interested but never responded when we tried contacting him. At least we tried...

Mark

markwade@kidshowvent.com
Message: Posted by: Joseph_Then (Nov 1, 2012 09:29AM)
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On 2012-11-01 07:13, kidshowvent wrote:
Tom alluded to this earlier..we did reach out to David to come to the ConVENTion (I even had an Australian friend of mine contact him personally..) and he said he was interested but never responded when we tried contacting him. At least we tried...

Mark

markwade@kidshowvent.com
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Hi Mark, try again for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016... :D
Message: Posted by: damien666 (Nov 1, 2012 10:51AM)
I am a huge fan of Davids!
One of the best 'famous' vents for sure!
I love chuck woods mean spirited personality.. It reminds me of a Canadian Icon named 'Ed the Sock'..
A really mean sock puppet that has graced the indie air waves up here for quite a while..
Back to David.. I remember an interview where he said he did a big
Animatronics underwater fish puppet piece in his show and his agent got mad at him because it wasn't funny.. And it wasn't ventriloquism.
It seems like he broke some ground with animatronics.. (puppetronics?) but he also knows that its the simplicity of the puppet but STRENGTH of the material that makes his act so brilliant.
The Teddy bear is awesome..
I would definitely love to see him live!
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Nov 1, 2012 05:27PM)
I have seen him live, and the show had a definite structure - though it was hardly a play. I loved every minute. Huge fan.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Nov 2, 2012 07:11PM)
I, too, am a big Strassman fan. He tries to push the boundaries. His shows do have a structure, a plot, if you will. Not all of his efforts are successful, but then whose are?

I love the fact that Chuck is nasty, not cheeky. Who says vent characters have to be cute?

Bob
Message: Posted by: CatLady (Nov 4, 2012 07:59PM)
He's actually touring Aus at the moment, I have tickets to see him this week. Can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Steve Petra (Nov 4, 2012 10:02PM)
Another Strassman fan checking in here. Have two of his DVDs and really love the conceptual journeys he takes. A theatrical approach to vent performance that is not traditional for sure. Innovative, imaginative and very funny.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Nov 5, 2012 12:56PM)
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On 2012-11-04 20:59, CatLady wrote:
He's actually touring Aus at the moment, I have tickets to see him this week. Can't wait!
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Please report back on the show.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Nov 6, 2012 09:41AM)
When I watch David perform, I find myself watching Chuck (and his other characters) as if he were truly alive. Not many vents pull that off.
Message: Posted by: TheDummyDoctor (Nov 6, 2012 01:07PM)
Another big fan here. David was a fairly frequent visitor to my studio back in the '80s when he was living and working in New York.
He approach is quite unique and very edgy. I'm glad to see he found a great niche and a loyal audience down under, but he certainly deserves more recognition here in the USA.
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Nov 6, 2012 04:07PM)
Alan, speaking of bringing a figure to life - your manipulation of Eugene may very well be unsurpassed in my humble opinion!
Message: Posted by: TheDummyDoctor (Nov 7, 2012 09:19AM)
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Alan, speaking of bringing a figure to life - your manipulation of Eugene may very well be unsurpassed in my humble opinion!
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That's very kind of you, Matt. Thank you.
I just let Eugene 'do his thing' and try to stay out of his way. LOL

Seriously though, I really just try to treat him as another actor playing a part. As far as puppets go, he is a relatively simple one: So if he is effective at all, it probably just grows out of understanding his character and letting _both_ of our physicalities grow out of honest emotion/action/reaction, regardless of the silliness or absurdity of whatever we may be saying.