[LISTEN] Conrad Koch opens up about the man behind irreverent Chester Missing

South African ventriloquist and award-winning performer Conrad Koch will showcase his latest offering 'Puppet Guy' in Johannesburg next week.

Joined by Chester Missing, Koch spoke to Eusebius McKaiser about how his material has evolved over the years and why it took him at least three years to write the show.

He will soon be travelling to Canada and Australia.

What I am trying to do is really push my art form to being truly world class.

Conrad Koch, ventriloquist

I have spent the last three years working on this one show. It is getting standing ovations, rave reviews...

Conrad Koch, ventriloquist

A lot of my material, in fact when I was using Chester as black guy talking to a white guy, the theme was deconstructing race while pointing out the legacy of apartheid and privilege - versus now, it is more about dealing with fun jokes and creating a warm space for all types of identities, and less about lecturing people but still with that consciousness.

Conrad Koch, ventriloquist

Puppet Guy starts at Montecasino on Wednesday, 25 April and will run until 27 May.

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview:


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