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Conrad Koch
Conrad Koch Comedian
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Category:
MC, Entertainment, Comedian
Location:
Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Comedy,Communication,Conflict Management,Entertainment,Inspiration,MC,motivation,Performer,Presenter,Stand up comedian,TV & Radio
Profile:
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.
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 s
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Conrad Koch

HOW TO END RACISM - Racism. It divides teams. It destroys brands. It hurts business. CHESTER MISSING has the answers
 
Racism. Half your team take it too seriously, the other half don’t take it seriously enough. It could divide your teams, lose your focus and break your business. But there is hope. And it comes in the form of a puppet. Chester Missing can end racism. His sidekick, Conrad Koch, is a globally acclaimed political satirist and ventriloquist, with a Master’s Degree in organizational culture and extensive experience using humour to broach sensitive issues and help you bring about organizational change. 
Chester Missing is the puppet who has had the country on the edge of their seats in his no-holdsbarred TV interviews with politicians and his social analysis. Together they are both double Emmy nominated social commentators and the first recipients of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Anti-Racism award.
 
Their powerfully engaging, informative and hilarious hour keynote ‘How to End Racism by Chester Missing’ confronts racism in business and individuals, and helps build more inclusive and effective corporate cultures. They use humour and stage-craft to help your team engage with one of the most pressing issues in South Africa today, to create a more united organization and country, without glossing over the harder realities.
 
Chester pushes Conrad to confront his own prejudice, and shows us how we all have blind spots, and can all do better to examine the nuanced ways privilege, culture and our historic legacy meet. It’s interactive, with the audience being asked to consider how they could do better at getting along with their fellow South Africans.
 
‘How to End Racism by Chester Missing’ will bring your team together by motivating each person in your organization to build on the maxim, ‘start with yourself’, while considering the value of the differences between us.
 
More openness to talk about racism, prejudice and key South African issues that often bubble under the surface and cause tension in your team.
Understanding of how racism impacts all of us: black, white and everyone in between.
Developing empathy and …
Better teamwork …
More robust trust and knowledge networks…
Organizational culture in sync with a broader South Africa.
Lowers staff turnover.
Increases commitment.
Benefits to your team:


Making Laughter Work
 
Conrad's edu-taining talk, “Making Laughter Work” (on techniques to make the office a more pleasant, playful and productive environment), has received standing ovations around the country. This fun-filled interactive talk focuses specifically on creating a client-focused culture, where diversity, customer-centricity and corporate citizenship are lived, rather than just spoken about!
 
Conrad has audiences in stitches, by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters. Self ridicule has never been this fun! Meet Ronnie (the precocious monster), Chester (the 51% BEE partner), and Hilary (a bad attitude ostrich).
 
They cover everything from politics to skin disease (Both funny ‘till you scratch deeper.), and are topped only by Conrad taking two members of the audience and making them the stars, your very own Boy Band. Conrad will provide the voices, they provide the moves.
 
“Brings the roof down” The Independent, London
“Delicious…hilarious ventriloquised repartee” The Argus
“Absolute pleasure” Mail & Guardian
“Hilarious.” Mail & Guardian
“Taking ventriloquism beyond anything in the UK or America”  Sunday Times, London

Conrad’s shows can last anything from five to fifty minutes, depending on the client’s needs. His material is clean and geared towards a thinking adult audience, and can be adapted or even rewritten for the situation – Conrad can literally make anything talk.
PRESENTATIONS by Conrad Koch

HOW TO END RACISM - Racism. It divides teams. It destroys brands.
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Client to provide.
Conrad to supply his own microphone. Raised stage.Client to provide
Professional lighting and sound – capable of delivering 100db of sound throughout the venue.
Raised stage.
Conrad also require someone to play some music during the set which he  provides on a flash drive or iPod, and he has a puppet who plays music from an iPad, which he plugs into a mic cable on stage, so client to provide an XLR feed to the stage please.

Conrad will provide his own microphone.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Client to provide.
Conrad to supply his own microphone. Raised stage.Client to provide
Professional lighting and sound – capa
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