Following in the footsteps of local comedians John Vlismas, Loyiso Gola and Riaad Moosa, puppeteer Conrad Koch and his notorious puppet, Chester Missing, will be making the trip to Canada this July for the annual Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival.
Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) is sponsoring the comedian to perform at the internationally acclaimed festival which runs until July 28. Joining them will be larger-than-life SA comic, Jason Goliath.
Koch is one of South Africa’s most in-demand comedy talents and the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award for 2010. Combining hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, he has received local and international acclaim with his razor sharp satirical comedy.
Brought to life by Koch, Chester Missing – the so-called previously disadvantaged dummy – is well known for his often outrageous, punch-packing, funny and frank views on the current South African state of affairs.
“Chester Missing and I are extremely excited to be going to the JFL festival in Montreal, and are honoured that Comedy Central Africa has chosen to take us,” says Koch. “Also, can we get a room next to Dave Chappelle’s please?”
A packed itinerary will make sure that Koch and Goliath make the most out of their Canadian adventure which includes performances at top clubs alongside some of the world’s top stand-up comedians.
Koch will be performing on July 23, 24 and 25. The performance on the 24th will be taped and broadcast on Canadian TV while highlights from the trip will air on Comedy Central Africa.
“Just For Laughs is a comedy institution that offers unprecedented exposure for African comedians,” said Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central Africa. “Koch and Goliath will be joining a host of comedy giants performing at the festival including Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Mike Myers, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Rob Schneider and Jimmy Carr.”
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NEED TO KNOW
Conrad Koch will be performing at 7.30 pm on Thursday, July 23 at 7.30 pm at Newspeak with Sarah Hennessey, Pete Holmes, Graham Clark, Duncan Trussell and Mike Ward. The evening will be hosted by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (writers/actors/editors behind award-winning web series, Jake and Amir).
On Friday, July 24, you can catch him at 7 pm at Club Soda with Peter ‘n Chris, Sarah Hennessey, Duncan Trussell, Chris Gethard and Ian Karmel. The evening is hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson
At Yuk Yuks on Saturday, July 25, Koch will share the stage with Alex O’Dogherty (Spain), Francesco de Carol (Italy) and Jason Goliath (South Africa).
Koch is also set to headline Comedy Central’s monthly stand-up showcase, Comedy Central presents Conrad Koch live at Parker’s, Monte Casino, on Thursday, August 27.