It's official! Top South African ventriloquist and award-winning performer Conrad Koch is back to showcase his latest show offering at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, this April. Proudly associated with Comedy Central, the double International Emmy-nominated comedian, is set to return to The Mother City for a two-week run of his brand new show, Puppet Guy, along with his famous puppet comrade, Chester Missing.
The much-anticipated, Puppet Guy, is billed as Koch’s most fun show to date, with a roller coaster ride of outrageous puppet characters and off-the-wall comedy ventriloquism. It's seen as a change of pace from Koch’s previously highly political work on stage – focusing on hilarious characters, funny observations and world-class entertainment.
“This show is loads of fun for everyone, not just those who read the news,” says Koch.
It’s comedy mayhem as Chester Missing and Koch playfully battle each other: Chester demands equal rights for puppets and to not be put in suitcases. Two feather dusters and a slipper become Hilton, the dancing ostrich; sunglasses and a hoodie become a DJ who actually DJs, DJ Hoodie. If that's not all, a brand new character has been introduced into the show. You’ll meet Africa’s most dangerous animal: a vegetarian mosquito.
From the get go, fans will get a glimpse as to how Koch just wants to get through the show in one piece. Yes, we know he’s arguing with himself. It’s like Parliament.
Puppet Guy has already been accepted into the Regina and Winnipeg Arts Festivals in Canada in July this year, and is on the waiting list for a number of other international festivals too.
So what makes the show unique? “The show is highly interactive. I use a cell phone, Snapchat and a projector to turn people in the crowd into digital puppets, hilariously teaching everyone how ventriloquism works, and, using ventriloquism masks, I find a member of the audience who actually thinks they’re a lion, voices and hunting skills included,” shares Koch.
Puppet Guy kicks off at the Baxter Theatre from 3 – 14 April 2018. Tickets for this much-anticipated show can be purchased via Webtickets at either www.webtickets.co.za, and are priced at R120 each, discounted tickets are priced at R100 each. You made also book tickets directly from the Baxter Theatre via 0861 915 800 or www.baxter.co.za.
Johannesburg fans are in for a treat too! Puppet Guy will run from 25 April - 27 May at the The Studio Theatre at Montecasino. Tickets for the Johannesburg leg of the SA tour can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R165 each.
Follow Conrad on Twitter: (@conradkoch).
For up-to-date info, visit: Facebook page (MrChesterMissing) as well as Chester’s twitter too: @chestermissing.