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It's about Chucking Time
Looking at the queue of people waiting to buy a replica Ted E Bear, there was no doubt who the audience was wanting to see. When you sit next to a man who looks like he would be more at home wearing leathers on the back of a Harley clutching a big stuffed bear, you know your evening is going to be interesting.
So when the curtain rises, and Strassman is on the stage with Ted E Bear, with Chuck adding to the chaos, there was a very happy audience.
The theme of the night was technology and the impact on imagination, with Strassman preparing for a TED talk arguing that it makes it hard to suspend our belief in reality.
If you look back over YouTube videos, you will see how the puppets and characters have evolved over the years. Strassman introduces them all - not just by name and dialogue, but explaining how they represent a part of him (Ted E is his inner child, Chuck is the naughty part, Kevin the Alien is his logic, etc). And watching him introduce more and more complex technology 'tricks' through the show is quite a lot of fun, meaning that with a little "magic" the dummies are able to move on their own.
Not everything goes to plan, but Strassman is an expert at this - as he introduced the show he explained he had been coming to Adelaide since 1992, performing at festivals and lately in theatres. At the end of the show, he talked further of his love for Adelaide, explaining that Her Majesty's Theatre (where he is currently performing) was one of the first major venues he had performed on his own, after doing the rounds of comedy and stand up clubs.
And his performance is so skilled - at one point he has an argument with, and among, five of his characters on stage, voicing them all live in a spirited debate (check out the video above!).
I went there needing a good laugh, and at no stage was I disappointed. And yes, at the end of the evening (and completely against my will) I was left believing that technology can actually be used to enhance the imagination.