Western Cape, Gauteng
Conrad Koch is one of South Africa's most sought-after comedians. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry and has received numerous awards, including Entertainer of the Year, a Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival, The Times Comic's Pen Award, Comic's Choice Comedian of the Year, and is a double International EMMY nominee. He has worked all over the world, has been on local and international television, and is a regular guest at some of South Africa's most prestigious comedy events.
Mr. Chester Missing, the puppet political analyst, is a highlight on news station eNCA and was recently described as the star of the ANC's Nasrec conference. Chester, the first puppet in history to win a court battle, has even authored a book and has been designated one of New African Magazine's Most Influential Africans.
Conrad's one-man shows have received standing ovations both in South Africa and around the world. He has appeared at Montreal's famed Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He visited Canada in 2018, getting 5-star reviews from the Winnipeg Free Press and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and selling out practically his entire run at the Winnipeg International Fringe Festival. "Koch throws away more laugh lines than many shows have in the first place," the CBC remarked, calling Conrad's work as "absolutely delightful and technically brilliant."
Conrad has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social anthropology from WITS University (Cum Laude), with a concentration on corporate and African culture. He has vast expertise delivering cultural change programmes for organisations like as FNB, Goldfields, Sun International, and SAA.
Conrad amuses audiences by talking to himself in a number of incredibly amusing ways.
Characters who are out of the ordinary. Self-mockery has never been more enjoyable. Get to know Mr. Chester Missing.
sarcastic political analyst, Hilton, an ostrich composed of two feather dusters and a slipper, and DJ Hoodie, a hoodie puppet who actually DJs, as well as a neurotic
Mosquito is a mosquito. The play is highly interactive, with audience members comically transforming into puppets.
"Intelligent, unhinged ventriloquism at its very best"
"Reviews will use words like 'pioneering,''master-class,' and'mini renaissance,' but it truly is that exceptional."
The Ordinary Person
"quite breathtaking: delightfully entertaining, intellectually stimulating, and technically brilliant."
The Cape Town Times
"Brings the roof down"
“Delicious…"entertaining ventriloquised repartee"
The Argus newspaper
The Mail and Guardian