Nina Conti ran away from the Royal Shakespeare Company to become a ventriloquist. She has since wowed audiences from Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas to the Edinburgh Festival. Her sidekick Monk claims Nina’s act is ‘genre defying’; but then he’s full of foam and lives in a small box, so what does he know?
Nina Conti: Ventriloquist
In 2014 Nina’s documentary ‘A Ventrilquist’s Story’ won a BAFTA. Nina takes ventriloquism away from traditional family entertainment towards something more edgy. Her own clean cut image and Monk’s cutesy appearance cannot disguise his basic animal needs; and a less than wholly innocent outlook on life.
With Nina’s Scottish grandmother also joining the pair on stage; it all adds up to an utterly convincing, technically flawless and downright hilarious show.
Nina’s many live performances include Let Me Out, a one-woman ventriloquist farce written especially for her by Ken Campbell. She has also appeared as a weather presenter (with Monkey) in the Hollywood film For Your Consideration; and as Dylan Moran’s ex-girlfriend (without Monkey) in Black Books.
Other TV credits includes Ant & Dec’s Saturday Take Away, Loose Women and the comedy series Single.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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