Exciting news, Hello Joburgers! After years of anticipation, champagne drinkers in South Africa can finally…
Conrad Koch’s Puppet Guy is back from down under for the SA leg of his show that runs until May 27th. If the Australian and Canadian reviews are anything to go by, it should be a great run. HJ took our seats for his debut performance at The Pieter Toerien Theatre last month. And here’s the low down!
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Conrad Koch is a brilliant performer and comedian. His jokes are hilarious, well timed and crude (albeit a couple of his political quips are a little outdated) and he interacts with his puppets seamlessly – so much so that they almost feel like an extension of him. You can’t help but fall in love with the likes of Chester Missing, the ostrich and the mosquito. We did find it a little strange though that Chester is suddenly a lighter shade of pale in this new show – did we miss something? And while we love Chester, the ostrich and the mosquito really do deserve a little more air-time! Made from an old sock and some feather dusters, Conrad’s ostrich character reveals the comedian to be a little more resourceful than we thought.
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Audience engagement in this show is epic with Conrad using Snapchat to turn an audience member into a puppet and using masks to turn others into animal characters. Of course, a good-natured crowd is essential for all this to work – and a grumpy bunch of show-goers could throw him for a loop #risky but we like it.
The puppets definitely seem to have a better rapport with the crowd – most likely an intentional strategy that speaks directly to what Ventriloquism is all about – the art of making an inanimate object seem to come alive holistically. And so, for that Conrad gets 10 out 10.
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by Frank-Lee in the front row
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