Q&A: Chester Missing on 'going puppet'

25 July 2014 - 02:12 By Eugene Yiga
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In Mass Hysteria Chester Missing joins Nik Rabinowitz, Alan Committee, Tumi Morake and Joey Rasdien for a night of political comedy. SA's favourite puppet talks to us:

Which politician have you most enjoyed interviewing?

When Gwede Mantashe told us his hands come with natural moisturiser, it was pretty hilarious.

What have you learned from politicians?

Puppets and politicians are very alike.

Why did you decide to get into political analysis?

When I found out I was a puppet. It was the natural next step.

What do you think about the state of the nation?

It's like a petrol station pie. It tastes nice, but it can give you indigestion.

Is 'Mass Hysteria' a comedy tour or just a political campaign in disguise?

Everything is political, especially comedy.

How would comedians run the country?

Our president has a chicken run as a security feature. It wouldn't change.

If you ran for president, what would be your campaign slogan?

Once you go puppet you never go back.

How would you improve the country?

Nationalise Telkom so we can run it better. Hang on a second. Oh yes. Never mind. I would make all white people join Mi Casa. And redistribute wealth, with Clicks Club cards.

  • "Mass Hysteria" is at Johannesburg's Montecasino from August 6 to 9 before moving to Port Elizabeth's Boardwalk Convention Centre on August 16 and Cape Town's Artscape Theatre from September 10 to 13. Tickets available at Computicket
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