What would Conrad Koch and Chester Missing talk about if they didn’t constantly discuss politics and race? And given the fact that we have a brand new president and several of Zuma’s cohorts on the run, I can only imagine that Conrad must certainly be having a field day with all this content at his disposal!
In his latest show offering, Puppet Guy, Conrad Koch – the man often mistakenly called ‘Chester’ – goes back to the lighter side of comedy ventriloquism. The show, brought to you in association with Comedy Central Africa, takes place for the first time in Johannesburg at the Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre at Montecasino from 25 April to 27 May 2018.
“I wanted to explore having fun with ventriloquism this time around. Puppet Guy is a change of pace from the more political content I normally do. I still keep it relevant and topical, but it’s more playful. There is a lot more audience participation and I’ve introduced new characters that I’ve made with things I’ve found lying around,” says Conrad, a double Emmy-nominated comedian and award-winning ventriloquist.
Billed as Koch’s most fun show to date, Puppet Guy is all about hilarious characters, funny observations and world-class entertainment. It showcases the man behind the puppets other than just being political bad-boy, Chester Missing’s ‘backing guy’.
The comedy ensemble includes outrageous puppet characters like Hilton – a dancing ostrich made from feather dusters and a slipper; DJ Hoodie, a DJ made from sunglasses and a hoodie, as well as some other surprising new characters, and of course, Chester Missing brings his shenanigans to the stage too.
The show is highly interactive. “I’ve used Snapchat and a projector to turn people in the crowd into digital puppets and there’s ventriloquism masks where we find a member of the audience who actually things they’re a lion – voices and hunting skills included.”
Great off-the-wall comedy combined with silly satire, a Donald Trump joke or two and a completely unique take on ventriloquism makes Puppet Guy a must-see. The show has also been accepted into the Regina and Winnipeg Comedy Fringe Festival in Canada later this year.
Puppet Guy runs from 25 April to 27 May at the Studio Theatre at Montecasino (Fourways).
Tickets from R130, available at Computicket
The show carries a PG13 age restriction.
Shows are at 8pm from Wednesday to Saturday, with an additional 4pm matinee on the Saturday. Sunday shows are at 3pm.