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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - David Strass­man plays Twin Towns on Sun­day at 6pm (sold out) and 8pm (tick­ets avail­able). Tick­ets are $49.

MASTER ven­tril­o­quist David Strass­man in­sists there are no hard feel­ings be­tween his bash­ful pup­pet, Ted E. Bare, and the star of hit Hol­ly­wood com­edy

Ted. Nor are there any hard feel­ings be­tween Strass­man and Ted’s cre­ator, Os­cars host Seth MacFarlane. ‘‘Peo­ple ask me ‘are you go­ing to sue them but they’re noth­ing alike,’’ he says. ‘‘My Ted E. Bare doesn’t know any­thing about smok­ing bongs and get­ting laid, even though my show is not for young chil­dren.’’ Strass­man, Ted and their other stage buddy, Chuck Wood, are back in Aus­tralia with their lat­est show, Care­ful What You Wish For, in which Strass­man’s characters are granted one wish, al­low­ing them to trans­form into comic al­ter­na­tives of them­selves. ‘‘I love Aus­tralia – I love it all,’’ Strass­man says. ‘‘I’m do­ing 2000km on this tour. I start in Ipswich and end up in Mudgee. I love it be­cause I stand on stage and play with dolls for two hours and I make peo­ple laugh so hard, their cheeks hurt and their bel­lies ache.’’ A reg­u­lar at com­edy fes­ti­vals around the world, the US ven­tril­o­quist uses three large screens and robotic tech­nol­ogy to add a new twist to his show. ‘‘The crux of the show is that Chuck is p....d off, be­cause he didn’t get any ac­co­lades from the last tour, and he knows be­cause he says, ‘I read your email’,’’ Strass­man says. ‘‘He’s seen that I have thoughts of re­tir­ing and, if I re­tire, he’ll die or end up in a suit­case or a mu­seum, so he bribes all the other pup­pets to go to the dark side, which is him, and turn against me so he can take over my mind and pre­vent me from bring­ing about their even­tual demise.’’

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