Ventriloquist David Strassman has appeared on talk shows and TV specials in Aotearoa, Australia, the United Kingdom and his native United States. Strassman's first TV show debuted in Australia in 1998; in 1999 Strassman played on UK network ITV. The basic formula of a chat show hosted by man and puppet was then carried over to New Zealand. Strassman's alter egos include the irascible Chuck Wood and the cuddly Ted E Bare. Among his local guests were TV personalities (Mike King, Robyn Malcolm) and the occasional musician and politician.