"Dark good looks, warm stage presence and deft comic timing" - The Guardian
Unusual that a girl with a first class degree in philosophy should have become a stand up comedian as a ventriloquist, but actress Nina Conti started doing stand-up in January 2002. Since then, she and her alter ego the monkey have enjoyed a terrific success finally winning the BBC New Comedy Awards in August 2002.
As an actress Nina spent two years at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Following this she went to Edinburgh with a one-woman ventriloquial farce "Let Me Out" written for her by the eccentric genius Ken Campbell. Nina then went on to play Dylan Moran"s girlfriend in Channel 4"s BAFTA-winning "Black Books" and a weeping Jehovah"s Witness in Holby City.
After gigging extensively throughout England, and playing Harrah"s Casino in Las Vegas, Nina went to The Edinburgh Festival this year as part of The Comedy Clone, at the Pleasance. She now headlines numerous London and UK comedy clubs.
Winner of BBC New Comedy Awards 2002
Second placed in "So You Think You"re Funny" 2002
Winner of Amused Moose Talent Quest 2002
Second placed in Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2002
Winner of Amused and Abused Angel New Act 2002
Finalist of Laughing Horse New Act 2002
TV & Radio Appearances
BBC New Comedy Awards Final
The Late Late Show, RTE1
The Ralph Little Show BBC Choice
Stand Up Britain, ITV
Sunday Lip Service, BBC pilot
"Nina is a star in the making. She commands the stage with charm and authority and has terrific comic timing" - Metro
"This glamorous young woman can make anything talk - and how!" - Daily Mail
"Stunningly sassy...had us in stitches." - The Scotsman
"Even the most hard hearted cynic will be won over by this exuberant and playful manner
There is no doubt Conti will be a star." - Chortle
"Her act is genuinely amusing" - Time Out
"Conti is doing excellent work...using her voice with control and skill, making it look very easy indeed." - The Stage