Conrad Koch is South Africa’s top comedy ventriloquist.
Conrad Koch has audiences in stitches by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters. Self-ridicule has never been this fun.
The CBC in Canada: “My face hurt from laughing so hard”, describing Conrad’s work as “absolutely delightful and technically brilliant”, “Koch throws away more laugh lines than many shows have in the first place”. OUTinPerth described his show as an “utter delight”, “a cutting satire of modern society” and that “there was not a dry eye left in the house, young or old alike.”
Starting out at the College of Magic in Cape Town, Conrad combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has won numerous awards, including Entertainer of the Year award, a Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival, The Times Comic’s Pen Award, has been nominated for the Comic’s Choice Comedian of the Year and is a double International EMMY nominated comedian.
Conrad has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television, Comedy Central, Comedy Network, etc, and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events.
Conrad‘s most famous character, the puppet political analyst, Mr Chester Missing, is a highlight on etv and eNCA with his hugely popular weekly satirical news show, Almost News with Chester Missing, one of eNCA’s most-watched shows. The first puppet in history to win a court case, Chester has even written a book and was named one of New African Magazine’s Most Influential Africans. Conrad’s hit one-man shows have received standing ovations around South Africa and globally. He has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Internationally he has had to repeat 5-star rave reviews in both Canada and Australia, selling out almost his entire run in Canada.
Conrad has studied psychology, and is a social anthropologist – he has a master’s degree in the subject from WITS University (Cum Laude), focusing on corporate and African culture. He has had extensive experience implementing culture change programmes for the likes of FNB, Goldfields, Sun International, SAA, etc.