Nina Conti is a ground-breaking ventriloquist, BAFTA nominated filmmaker and British Comedy Award winner. With three sell out UK tours under her belt, Nina embarked on her fourth much anticipated tour in 2021.
Alongside her live work Nina is a regular on our screens with hugely successful appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News Live at the Apollo and The John Bishop Show. Nina has also appeared on QI, Celebrity Squares, Sunday Night at the Palladium, the Rob Brydon Show and HBO’s Family Tree.
Nina Conti started doing stand-up ventriloquism in January 2002 and shot to fame by winning the BBC New Comedy Award that same year. Famed for her foul-mouthed ‘sidekick’ Monkey (Monk), Nina has won numerous comedy awards for her writing, acting and ventriloquism. Nina regularly headlines at UK and London comedy venues, and has appeared at The Comedy Store and Soho Theatre and has taken numerous shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also appeared at both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. In 2014 she was nominated alongside 3 other female comics for The British Comedy Awards: Best Female Television Comic.
Nina’s broadcast work includes four series of Claire in the Community, the BBC Radio 4 Sony-Award winning series (2005 – 2009), and a starring role in BBC Radio 4 Comedy show Sneekiepeeks in 2010. She has appeared in several television shows, including Comic Relief (BBC1), Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away (ITV1) Golf War (E4), Blunder (Channel 4), The Late Late Show (RTE 1), One Free Hand (BBC), Tickled Pink (ITV), Single (ITV 1), the BAFTA-winning Black Books (Channel 4), The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2), and most recently HBO’s Family Tree.
Nina fronted two documentaries for BBC 4 in 2012. Make Me Happy: A Monkey’s Search for Happiness saw Nina take Monk on a journey into the world of new age and alternative therapies. She also directed, and produced her other documentary that year, A Ventriloquists Story: Her Masters Voice, in which Nina took the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven. The documentary went on to be nominated for a BAFTA TV Award.
Alongside her live and broadcast work Nina is an experienced corporate act and one of our most sought after clients. She has performed after-dinner cabaret with Monk for clients as varied as Nokia, Deloitte, Adobe, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Euromoney, among many others. Nina’s sophisticated intelligence and playful style suits a wide range of corporate audiences, and Monk can be as clean or as rude as each client wishes!
"Excellent performance from a very talented lady (and monkey and granny!). She managed to keep a crowd of 860 (mainly male) guests quiet and entertained for almost 25minutes!! Result - well done! We would recommend her act to anyone. She's brilliant."
The Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2011
"Nina was exceptional. We were actually quite shocked, but that made it all the more hilarious!"
"Not only was she just genius funny on stage, but she was also really lovely to work with and a huge pleasure to have around. The feedback has been universally and unashamedly positive, and she has helped to deliver what I think was our most successful meeting ever."
Pfizer LTD Oncology Business Unit Summer Meeting
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