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.
Nina took her first solo full length show, Complete and Utter Conti, to the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, which went on to win the prestigious BARRY Award in 2008 at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The following year Nina’s new show, Evolution, proved to be a massive sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival, and in 2010 Nina’s performance of Talk to the Hand, which introduced brand new puppets, was a hit show for the full run of the Edinburgh Fringe that year. Her most recent show, Dolly Mixtures, completed a sell-out run in at the Soho Theatre in August 2013, and Nina will be taking the show on a UK-wide tour in autumn 2013.
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 2013.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 (and sometimes her other puppets) for clients as varied as Nokia, Deloitte, Caspian Publishing, AAH Pharmaceuticals, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Adobe, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Incisive Media, the DRP group, PWC Events, and Euromoney, not to mention countless individuals’ private parties. 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!