SA’s favorite ventriloquist, Conrad Koch, returns with a new show at the Baxter Theater


It’s official! Top South African ventriloquist and award-winning performer Conrad Koch returns to present his latest show offering at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town in April.

Proudly associated with Comedy Central, the two-time international Emmy-nominated comedian is set to return to The Mother City for a two-week run of his brand new show, Puppet Guy, starring fellow puppet star Chester Missing.

The highly anticipated, Puppet Guy, is billed as Koch’s funniest show to date, with an outrageous puppet character roller coaster ride and offbeat comedic ventriloquism. It’s seen as a change of pace from Koch’s previously highly political stage work – focusing on hilarious characters, amusing observations and world-class entertainment.

“This show is great fun for everyone, not just those who read the news,” Koch says.

It’s comedy mayhem as Chester Missing and Koch playfully face off: Chester demands equal puppet rights and not be put in suitcases. Two feather dusters and a slipper become Hilton, the dancing ostrich; sunglasses and a hoodie become a DJ who is actually a DJ, DJ Hoodie. If that’s not all, a brand new character has been introduced to the series. You will meet the most dangerous animal in Africa: a vegetarian mosquito.

Right off the bat, fans will get a glimpse of how Koch just wants to get through the show in one piece. Yes, we know he is arguing with himself. It’s like Parliament.

Puppet Guy has already been accepted to the Regina and Winnipeg Arts Festivals in Canada in July this year, and is also on the waiting list for a number of other international festivals.

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 an audience member who actually thinks it’s a lion, including voice and hunting skills,” Koch shares.

Puppet Guy kicks off at the Baxter Theater from April 3-14, 2018. Tickets for this highly anticipated show can be purchased through Webtickets at, and are priced at R120 each, discounted tickets are priced of R100 each. You have also had tickets booked directly from the Baxter Theater via 0861 915 800 or

Johannesburg fans will also be spoiled! Puppet Guy will run from April 25 through May 27 at The Studio Theater in Montecasino. Tickets for the Johannesburg leg of the SA Tour can be purchased through Computicket at or through Checkers and Shoprite retail stores nationwide and are priced at R165 each.

Follow Conrad on Twitter: (@conradkoch). For up-to-date information, visit: the Facebook page (MrChesterMissing) as well as Chester’s twitter: @chestermissing

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years with local and international acclaim.

Conrad won the 2010 Artist of the Year award and the 2012 Standard Bank Ovation award from the National Arts Festival. He was nominated for SA Comic of the Year 2014 and won the Times Comic’s Pen Award for 2014, and is a double international Emmy nominated comedian.

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 – Mass Hysteria, Blacks Only, Smirnoff Comedy Festival, Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc.

Its most famous character, Mr. Chester Missing, was a regular on eNCA’s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola; and his successful one-man shows have received standing ovations across South Africa. In 2015, Comedy Central Africa took him to Just for Laughs in Montreal, the world’s largest comedy festival, where he recorded shows for Comedy Central and Canada’s Comedy Network. In 2017, Chester Missing attended the ANC elective conference at Nasrec with eNCA as an actual reporter, with The Saturday Star describing him as “rightly the star of the show”.

Conrad’s outspoken political analyst puppet, Mr. Chester Missing, is quickly becoming a household name. His television interviews with South Africa’s political elite have been widely praised. The use of a puppet to get political actors to let their guard down is quite unique. In fact, Chester Missing has been invited by City Press, Natal Witness, Reuters, BBC, Mail and Guardian, etc., to comment on political affairs.

In 2014, Chester was the first puppet in history to be brought to justice and win. Chester Missing was one of New African Magazine’s Most Influential Africans of 2014 and You Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2014. Conrad and Chester were the first recipients of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Certificate of Appreciation for their position against racism.

Conrad makes audiences laugh as he talks to himself through a variety of wildly eccentric characters. Self-mockery has never been so fun. Meet Mr. Chester Missing, satirical political analyst, Hilary, an ostrich made out of two feather dusters and a slipper, and DJ Hoodie, a puppet made out of a hoodie who is actually a DJ. The show is highly interactive – audience members become hilarious puppets.


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