Nina 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?
In 2014 Nina Conti’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 ventriloquial 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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