Chester Missing is back on stage with new lessons on race in South Africa — Quartz


With his hand stuck in a simple sock puppet, performer Conrad Koch has rediscovered his favorite part about being on stage: fun.

Few ventriloquists rise to national celebrity, but Koch has done that and more: his puppet is a political phenomenon in South Africa. Chester Missing is a television pundit and analyst who gets to ask politicians the tough questions.

He’s also made from foam and plastic and lives in Koch’s suitcase when he’s not on stage. The puppet is Koch’s most famous performance, and as any good comedy, the evolution of this act is a reflection about South Africa’s own conversation on race and post-liberation politics and the role of white people in that new power dynamic.

To the average South African, however, Missing is hardly an act—just ask the people and…

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