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Conrad Koch

Conrad Koch

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in demand comedy talents and the winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award, and a 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim. He has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events – the 94,7 Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc. His most famous character, Mr. Chester Missing, is a regular on etv’s satirical news show, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola; and his hit one man show, Puppet Asylum, has received standing ovations around South Africa.

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.

Conrad is completely unique in using his combination of razor sharp comedy with an understanding of human dynamics to create effective corporate communication. In the age of television and internet the human mind needs more than just facts read off the PowerPoint. His comedy is the sugar to effectively deliver the medicine of your message.

His edu-taining talk, “Making Laughter Work” (on techniques to make the office a more diversity friendly, pleasant, playful and productive environment), has received standing ovations around the country. This fun-filled interactive talk focuses specifically on creating a client-focused culture, where diversity, customer-centricity and corporate citizenship are lived, rather than just spoken about!

Conrad has audiences in stitches by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters. Self-ridicule has never been this fun. Meet Mr. Chester Missing (his 51% BEE partner), Ronnie (the precocious monster), and Hilary (a bad attitude ostrich).

Conrad learned his craft at the College of Magic in Cape Town. He started doing comedy with the UCT Comedy Club, and then the Cape Comedy Collective. He is the only ventriloquist on the circuit, and is dedicated to bettering both his art form, and his contribution to debates on culture as a whole. As far as we know he is the world’s only anthropological ventriloquist. His blogs on the politics of culture (www.conradkoch.posterous.com) have been widely read… Mr. Chester Missing’s thoughts on culture are even quoted in WITS Drama courses!

“Intelligent, unhinged ventriloquism at its very best” The Star

“Reviews will use descriptive words like ‘pioneering’, ‘master-class’, and ‘mini renaissance’ but it really is that outstanding” The Citizen

“quite breathtaking: delightfully entertaining, intellectually stimulating and technically brilliant.” The Cape Times

“Brings the roof down” The Independent, London “Delicious…hilarious ventriloquised repartee” The Argus

“Hilarious.” Mail & Guardian

“Taking ventriloquism beyond anything in the UK or America” Sunday Times, London

“You were truly hilarious and I hugely enjoyed the show! A million thanks for keeping it all together with such skill and professionalism.” Bonang Mohale, Chairman of Shell SA

“Thanks so much for being part of our event – we have had such fantastic feedback from the event and without you it would have just been death by PowerPoint. Your ears must have been burning all day, because StorTech cannot stop talking about you.” StorTech

“I’ve had an incredible amount of positive feedback on our session. You were awesome; many thanks.” Dr. Brian Armstrong, Senior Managing Executive: Telkom Business

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