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. Nina often performs at 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 Edinburgh in 2007, which went on to win the prestigious BARRY Award in 2008 at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The following year, Nina took a new show, Evolution, to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival, which proved to be a massive sellout. Watch out for Nina this August when she takes her new show, Talk to the Hand, and brand new puppets, to the Edinburgh Fringe 2010!
Nina’s radio work includes four series of Claire in the Community, the BBC Radio 4 Sony-Award winning series, which she featured in from 2005 to 2009. Most recently, Nina starred in Sneekiepeeks, Harry Venning’s and Neil Brand’s 2010 BBC Radio 4 Comedy about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.
Nina 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) and the BAFTA-winning Black Books (Channel 4).
Nina and Monk portrayed a morning weather team on the fictional “Wake Up L.A.” in Christopher Guest’s 2006 film, For Your Consideration. In 2009 Nina appeared in Alan Freestone’s low-budget film, Peacock Season, about the Edinburgh festival.
In 2002, as well as winning the BBC New Comedy Award, Nina was awarded second place in the [/i]Hackney Empire New Act of the Year[/i], and came third in Laughing Horse New Act of the Year competitions.
Nina is an experienced and popular act on the corporate circuit. She has performed after-dinner cabaret with Monk for clients as varied as Nokia, Caspian Publishing, AAH Pharmaceuticals , Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Incisive Media, the DRP group, 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