The Chester Missing Roadshow

By Berniece Friedmann

Chester Missing, South Africa's most famous, contentious political puppet, from eTV's Late Night News with Loyiso Gola, has embarked on a blazing national road show which premiers at the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio from 14 to 23 February 2013. Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 20.15 except the 16th which is at 19.00. There are two low priced previews on 12 and 13 February.

Unfortunately for Chester he is accompanied by his annoying ventriloquist Conrad Koch and Conrad's puppet sidekicks Hilary, the outrageous diva Ostrich and Ronnie, the lunatic green monster. Chester wants to be the star, but these other foolish characters keep getting in the way!

As a political analyst Mr Chester Missing has broken new ground with his outrageous hard hitting, funny and frank interviews with South Africa’s political elite that include Gwede Mantashe, Zwelinzima Vavi, Helen Zille, Mosioua Lekota, Blade Nzimande, Patricia De Lille, Bantu Holomisa and others.

It is unprecedented world-wide that a puppet like Chester Missing is able to talk so frankly and directly with the ruling party and opposition alike. He is also a weekly columnist for the award winning news site

Armed with a Master's degree in Social Anthropology, Conrad Koch is recognised as SA’s top ventriloquist, unique at combining cultural insights with hilarious commentary and puppetry. He is constantly exploring new directions in the ventriloquial art form where the drama of politics lends itself to satire and the theatre stage.

The Chester Missing Roadshow is directed by award-winning Heinrich Reisenhofer and produced by Podium - The Comedy Merchants. It promises to be a riot of world-class ventriloquism, crazy characters, cutting-edge political commentary and hysterically funny situations.

Ticket prices are R90 for the previews and R130 for all other performances.

Book through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets or Call the Baxter 021 685 7880. The show is 65 minutes and there is an age restriction PG 13 L

Booking is already fast and furious - get your tickets now !

Below is Chester Missing's opinion of South African mobile phone giant Vodacom.

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