How to End Racism by Chester Missing

Comedy • Running Time: 90 mins
Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Conrad Koch | Starring Conrad Koch and Chester Missing

In his most confrontational work to date, Koch allows his puppet Chester to turn on him, asking him some pretty uncomfortable questions about his own white privilege and his racism. Chester Missing and Conrad Koch were awarded the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s anti-racism award in when they won a civil campaign against singer Steve Hofmeyr. Anyone who has a go at Steve is a national treasure in our books. What a wonderful way to kick off the first season at the Courtyard Playhouse.   

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

“Brings the roof down” The Independent, London

Conrad Koch:

Conrad is South Africa’s top comedy ventriloquist, and possibly the only one, and is a double International Emmy nominated comedian. His most famous puppet, Chester Missing, has won numerous awards in his own right, including being the first recipient of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Anti-Racism Award.

Chester Missing has interviewed most of South Africa’s political elite and has held a number of regular radio and TV slots, and even wrote an award-winning book. Conrad’s live shows have received wide political acclaim, and are a regular feature at arts and comedy festivals, including at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. The truth is, with a master’s degree in social anthropology, talking to puppets was his only career option.

“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
“Delicious…hilarious ventriloquised repartee” The Argus
“Hilarious.” Mail & Guardian
“I almost cried with laughter” The Herald


Awards:

2010 South African Entertainer of the Year




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