Nina Conti at the Leicester Comedy Festival preview show

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

In Nina Conti’s well-crafted ventriloquism act, her simian sidekick placed her under hypnosis so he can do his song… how many speciality acts do you want in one performer?

Conti continues to bring her artform up to date, with a deconstruction that goes beyond the usual gags about where the performer’s hand has been placed. She mocks the ridiculous artifice of ventriloquism, then turns it back on its head by making Monk such a credible character, you might just believe he has his own personality. And all this done with the incredible technical skill needed to pull off a baritone Nessun Dorma through unmoving lips.

Review date: 17 Jan 2010
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Leicester De Montfort Hall

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