Conrad & Chester are headed to Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada

111Conrad & Chester are headed to Montreal for the “Just for Laughs” Festival this July

Johannesburg, 13 July 2015

Following in the footsteps of local comedians such as John Vlismas, Loyiso Gola and Riaad Moosa, controversial puppeteer Conrad Koch and his notorious puppet, Chester Missing, will be making the trip to Canada this July for the annual Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival.

Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) is continuing its proud tradition of sponsoring South African comedians to perform at the internationally acclaimed festival which is taking place from the 8th to 28th of July 2015.  Joining Conrad and Chester is the larger-than-life SA comic, Jason Goliath.

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in-demand comedy talents and the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award for 2010.  Combining hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, he has received local and international acclaim with his razor sharp satirical comedy.

Brought to life by Koch, Chester Missing – the so-called previously disadvantaged dummy – is well known for his often outrageous, punch-packing, funny and frank views on the current South African state of affairs.

Chester Missing and I are extremely excited to be going to the JFL festival in Montreal, and are honoured that Comedy Central Africa has chosen to take us,” says Koch.  “Also, can we get a room next to Dave Chappelle’s please?”

A packed itinerary will make sure that Koch and Goliath make the most out of their Canadian adventure which includes performances at top clubs alongside some of the world’s top stand-up comedians.

Koch will be performing on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of July.  The performance on the 24th will be taped and broadcast on Canadian TV while highlights from the trip will air on Comedy Central Africa. 

“Just For Laughs is a comedy institution that offers unprecedented exposure for African comedians,” commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central Africa.  “Koch and Goliath will be joining a host of comedy giants performing at the festival including Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Mike Myers, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Rob Schneider and Jimmy Carr.” 

To join the conversion on social media about Conrad Koch and Jason Goliath’s trip to Montreal, use the hashtag #CCLiveatJFL.  For more information about Just For Laughs, visit

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival Show Details

Date: Thursday, 23rd July at 19h30

Venue: Newspeak

Conrad Koch

Sarah Hennessey

Pete Holmes

Graham Clark

Duncan Trussell

Mike Ward

Hosted by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (writers/actors/editors behind award-winning web series, Jake and Amir)

Date: Friday, 24th July at 19h00

Venue: Club Soda

Peter ‘n Chris

Sarah Hennessey

Duncan Trussell

Chris Gethard

Ian Karmel

Conrad Koch

Hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson

Date: Saturday, 25th July

Venue: Yuks Yuks

Alex O’Dogherty (Spain)

Francesco de Carol (Italy)

Conrad Koch (South Africa)

Jason Goliath (South Africa)

Koch is set to headline Comedy Central’s monthly stand-up showcase, Comedy Central presents Conrad Koch live at Parker’s, Monte Casino, on Thursday, 27th of August.

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