Ventriloquist David Strassman
Ventriloquist conjures up an image of a man in black bow tie sitting on stage in a cabaret club with a creepy looking puppet on his knee. A ventriloquist will probably demonstrate his art by drinking a glass of water as the puppet speaks, or show how his companion can sing. Cast aside that perception when David Strassman comes to town, because this ventriloquist has brought ventriloquism into the 21st century.
Strassman has brought his puppet characters into the present by bringing them to life not only with amazing depth of character but also with high-tech robotics, taking ventriloquism out of the cabaret club and into proscenium theatres. His shows are hilariously funny and razor sharp while performing in full stage productions complete with dazzling sets and state-of-the-art theatrical effects.
In additions to the subtle yet amazing demonstration of Strassman's ventriloquism skills, it is his characters who are the real stars of the show. Strassman compares his work to that of English ventriloquist Nina Conti and her puppet, Monkey, saying: "She is one of the few ventriloquists I respect. She does what I do – she puts character and back story into her puppets. American ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, also takes his characters past the vaudeville ventriloquist tricks and gives them amazing separate and very funny character. Unfortunately, in my opinion, many other ventriloquists are stuck demonstrating how fast they can talk or drinking a glass of water and singing very childish songs. My puppets have objectives and conflicts in their lives. My material is not about showing you how good a ventriloquist I am with my puppets, but about what is going on in their very disturbed and tortured puppet lives."