Chester Missing & Conrad Koch - Nice Racists - LIVE at The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town | 06 to 16 Jul 2022
Chester Missing & Conrad Koch LIVE at The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town | 06 to 16 Jul 2022
Chester Missing is
South Africa’s most famous puppet, a satirical analyst who has interviewed most
of the country’s political elite on TV. He’s had his own TV show, been a
regular numerous on radio shows, wrote an award winning book, and is the first
puppet in history to literally go to court, fighting racism, and won. No,
really, the puppet was in court. His sidekick is Conrad Koch, South Africa’s
top ventriloquist, who also happens to be a social anthropologist. They are
both double EMMY nominated comedians. Well, Chester is, and Conrad is just
riding on his career - very annoying these ventriloquists.
NICE RACISTS is a
hilarious conversation with between two friends that just never goes to plan.
But with puppets nothing ever goes to plan. From silly banter, to searing
social commentary the show is a roller coaster of fun and comedic tension
between good mates who are actually one person. The one is a shoot-from the
hip, say-it-like-it-is puppet and the other is a white South African who would
rather not have THAT conversation. In NICE RACISTS Chester Missing insists that
they do. After all, self roasts are the funniest roasts of all.
Conrad hopes the show
will be a side splitting hour and a bit about other people’s racism, but
Chester lives in a suitcase and doesn’t give a damn. He’s out to spill all
Conrad’s racial beans - unless they start with Conrad’s own racism the show
cannot happen. And really, it never does, because for the next 60 minutes
Chester uproariously rips into Conrad’s idea of who he thinks he is, of his
place in history, what it was like growing up during apartheid, what he has
done to deal with it, and where his body hair went. It gets awkward. When your
best friend lives in your head there really is no place to hide.
And there are plenty of
pot shots along the way, from the double standards of how white journalists
tend to treat European wars, to how colonialism and its benefits have shaped
Western lives in every way, this is an examination of whiteness by a lauded
satirical duo from one of the world’s most unequal societies. Together they
were the first recipients of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Anti-Racism Award.
Drop of any
preconceptions of ventriloquism as a tired artform repeating tropes we have
seen a thousand times before, this is hard hitting hilarious social commentary
that brings the South African edge of the conversation on race, racism and
inequality into global context. Post the fall of apartheid South Africans have
been negotiating a revised social compact that would never accept racist norms,
like Australia’s Australia Day or a Cecil John Rhodes’ statue at Oxford. This
is a double EMMY nominated puppet delivering scathing critique of the global
conversation on whiteness and racism from an African perspective, and in turn an
attempt to self-examine by a white South African grappling with having
benefitted from a crime against humanity. And they’ll tell you about the time
Chester got left in an Uber.
NICE RACISTS is
touring South Africa after which it will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Limited Physically Distanced Seating.
082 994 0699 for further enquiries.
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