First Night: Speak no evil - that's Chuck's job
David Strassman Corn Exchange Cambridge
Saturday 25 September 1999
The American David Strassman, however, aims to take ventriloquism somewhere altogether more hip. He even comes close to the unthinkable - giving it cred.
There is a definite frisson in watching Strassman and his main foil, Chuck, at work. As in the film Magic, the puppet acts as the ventriloquist's evil alter ego, behaving in an outrageous manner we would never dare emulate.
Chuck articulated as much on the first night of Strassman's national tour at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge yesterday, when he sneered: "You need me to say the things you ain't got the balls to say. No wonder you can't get laid." A man would get punched; a puppet gets laughs.
Chuck was in a spiteful mood, and most entertaining it was. Within minutes he was haranguing late-comers. "That's right, ruin it for everyone. Can I get you anything? Like a watch?" But that had nothing on the treatment of a man Chuck accused of stalking. Shrieking: "I think he's a woodcarver, he's got a chisel," the puppet warded him off by gobbing in his face.
More subtle were moments where Chuck heckled Strassman for stumbling on his lines: "Let's just grind the show to a halt, shall we?"
Chuck also displayed the classic symptons of "the Pinnocchio syndrome" - the desire to be a real boy. "I want to live on the dole," he cackled, "and pick up hookers."
Chuck is so foul-mouthed I couldn't recommend him to children. But this is a strikingly original night out, providing unusual insights into the mind of a performer.
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked 4Chan photos
Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say representatives
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£30000 - £45000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Front-Of...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Java/Calypso Developer Java, Calypso, J2EE, J...
£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer SQL, C#, Stored Procedures, MDX...