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Saturday, April 4, 2015


(Political satirist Conrad Koch and his famous puppet spokesman Chester Missing with two side-kicks, Ronnie the lunatic green monster & Hilary the outrageous diva Ostrich)

South Africa’s favourite satirical puppet and comedian sidekick to hit Sibaya.

Multiple award-winning satirical puppet and star of the EMMY-nominated TV comedy news series, Late Nite News, Chester Missing, is coming to KwaZulu-Natal. Sharing the stage with the outspoken puppet, who has an opinion on everything from Zimbabwe to Crocs, is his ventriloquist sidekick, and one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians, Conrad Koch.

The outrageously-funny pair hit the stage for the Chester Missing Road Show at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre on April 10 and 11. Koch might be hoping for an evening of insightful political madness and hilarious puppet characters, but Missing has other plans. Being the puppet of a white man is very counter-revolutionary. He’s likely to bring up bucket toilets.

For those less politically-minded, Koch brings with him international showgirl diva and wannabe celeb gossip columnist, Hilary the ostrich, and an adorable monster-with-issues, Ronnie. Expect laugh-a-minute comedy madness in a hilarious show described as “Frank talk, world-class ventriloquism, crazy characters and cutting-edge political commentary” (Mail and Guardian).

“Comedy fans can expect riotous humour, expert puppetry, and an evening of entertainment that is quite unlike any other. His puppet master, Conrad, has a completely unique approach, combining razor sharp stand-up comedy, puppetry and social anthropology to create hilarious but thought-provoking encounters. He is well-known on the South African comedy circuit and has been receiving standing ovations for the past 16 years. This promises to be one funny show,” says Belinda Jelf, the Marketing Manager at Sibaya.

The winner of the Entertainer of the Year award for 2010, Koch 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 such as The Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, King Size Comedy, The 94, 7 Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, SA London Comedy Festival, and more.

Koch has audiences in stitches, by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters including Ronnie (the precocious monster), Chester (the 51% BEE partner), and Hilary (a bad attitude ostrich). They cover everything from politics to skin disease, which are both funny when you scratch deeper, and are topped only by Koch turning two members of the audience into the stars of their very own boy band.

Chester Missing Road Show has performances at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre on April 10 and 11. Tickets R120 per person are expected to sell fast. Bookings through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, on-line at or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.