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The Dating Show Is Coming To Youtube!

Watch out for the special of  Nina's 'The Dating Show' as it will be released on Youtube on 14 October 2023.


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Nina's in Sydney, Nina's in New York

Nina is will be at the Sydney Opera House in November, and returning to the Soho Playhouse New York in February. In the gaps she continues to gig around the UK.

Nina's First Narrative Film Is Arriving This Year

Nina directed her first narrative feature film this year. Set in New Mexico, 'Sunlight' is a darkly funny and unconventional love story between a man and a woman who doesn't want to come out of a monkey suit. She recently reached picture lock and now the film will be travelling around film festivals for 2023/24.  


Nina has spent her life voicing her uncensored thoughts through a monkey puppet. This film is the upshot. Co starring and co written with Shenoah Allen. Christopher Guest execs.


Nina is bringing her five-star smash hit show to New York, direct from sell-out seasons in London’s West End and at the Edinburgh Festival. In this dating-infused live show, there’s no promise that true love will be found, but a firm guarantee of big laughs will be had in the reign of this ‘voice-throwing queen’  

For a limited time only, she opens at the SoHo Playhouse on the 18th October and plays until the 1st November - get your tickets quick!  

Run time: 75 mins approx   Recommended age: 16+



If you need any more convincing to book your tickets, check out Nina's excellent reviews from her critically acclaimed touring show: The Dating show:

"Head spinningly clever ... with jaw suitably dropped, it's borderline genius"

***** - The Telegraph


"Joyfully funny chaos ... is there an act anywhere in comedy as machine-tooled to make us laugh as Cont's?"

**** - The Guardian


"Outstanding! High-level comedy craftmanship"

**** - The Times


" Utterly hilarious - a comic at the top of her game"

**** - The Independent


"it's comedy gold"

**** - Mail on Sunday


"Uproaringly funny! Her audience leaves entertained, amused and very impressed"

**** - Chortle





" Head spinningly clever... with jaw suitably dropped, it's borderline genius" **** - The Telegraph

After a critically acclaimed tour and West End run, Nina Conti is preparing to return to the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 with The Dating Show.

After touring the UK, Nina had a West end Transfer in March to roaring success and after touring Ireland and Northern Ireland, Nina takes her one hour show to the Edinburgh Fringe 2022.

"A plate-spinning feat, a hoot" * * * * * The Guardian) 

She will be performing at The Pleasance Grand at 6 pm from the 3rd - 28th August.

Tickets are available from

For any press information, interviews and photographs, please contact Karma Symington at Multitude media: [email protected]







"Joyfully funny chaos... Is there an act anywhere in comedy as machine-tooled to make us laugh as Conti's" **** - The Guardian

The quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism brings her pioneering, dating-infused live show to Ireland. There’s no promise that true love will be found, but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had in the reign of this ‘voice-throwing queen’ (London Evening Standard).

After a brilliantly successful tour of the UK, Nina is heading to Ireland with her 5* show.



8th June - Theatre Royal, Waterford

9th June - Opera house, Cork

10th June - TLT, Drogheda

11th June - Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

12th June - Vicar Street, Dublin

13th June - Limelight, Belfast

Go to the Live tab for ticket links



 Nina Dating Show UK Tour

Following a 4 year absence, Nina Conti embarks on a UK tour with her new show, The Dating Show, opening at Bristol Old Vic on 31 October 2021.


Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius’ * * * * * Daily Mirror


British Comedy Award winner Nina is pioneering a new dating show. She’ll be like Cilla Black with masks. Derailed. Not so much a Blind Date as a re-voiced one. There is no promise that true love will be found but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had in the reign of this quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism.


Nina says: “I can only dream of a land where a theatre is at full capacity and everyone is vaccinated and safe and laughing. Apparently, we are on track for this in November so I’ve agreed to book a tour.

Before this Armageddon hit I was developing a dating show where I would connive for audience members to fall in love wearing masks. Post-COVID, I can’t think of anything more fitting. I think we all need to get in a room together and laugh our heads off, and if the subject can be love, so much the better”.  


Nina started doing stand-up ventriloquism in 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.  She has taken numerous shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. In 2016, her smash-hit solo show ’In Your Face’ (‘a plate-spinning feat, a hoot’ * * * * * The Guardian) enjoyed sell-out seasons in London’s West End and New York’s off-Broadway. 


You will see nothing like it on stage’ * * * * Evening Standard


Nina has stormed ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘QI’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – all without moving her lips. In 2012 she fronted two documentaries for BBC4: ‘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 and ‘A Ventriloquists Story: Her Masters Voice’ (currently availableon Amazon Prime) in which Nina took the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven, which was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award. In 2013 she appeared in Christopher Guest's HBO series ‘Family Tree’ alongside Chris O’Dowd.


Gut-Bustingly funny’ * * * * The Telegraph


More recently Nina was a runner-up on ‘The World’s Best’, a US major talent show on NBC; produced an improvised web series, ‘In Therapy’ on YouTube, which has amassed over 1.5 million views since 2018; and  joined forces with award-winning Shenoah Allen (The Pajama Men) to make the character comedy podcast, ‘Richard & Greta’, unqualified experts who explain how to get the most, or too much, out of your partner –


Tickets for The Dating Show go on sale on Friday 29 January 2021.



Sunday 31 October, 8.00pm                                                  Bristol Old Vic

Box Office: 0117 907 2682                                                       Tickets: £26


Tuesday 2 November, 7.30pm                                              Alban Arena, St Albans

Box Office: 0172 784 4488                                                     Tickets: £24


Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm                                           Assembly Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Box Office: 0189 253 0613                                                       Tickets: £26


Saturday 6 November, 7.30pm                                            Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Box Office: 0844 2491 000                                                     Tickets: £24


Monday 8 November, 7.30pm                                             The Alexandra, Birmingham

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £26


Tuesday 9 November, 7.30pm                                             Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

Box Office: 0149 451 2000                                                      Tickets: £26


Friday 12 November, 7.30pm                                                 Grand Opera House, York

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £26


Sunday 14 November, 7.30pm                                             Richmond Theatre

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £26


Wednesday 17 November, 7.30pm                                    Bournemouth Pavilion

Box Office: 0300 500 0595                                                    Tickets: £25


Friday 19 November, 7.30pm                                                De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Box Office: 0116 233 3111                                                          Tickets: £24


Saturday 20 November, 7.30pm                                         Warwick Arts Centre

Box Office: 0247 652 4524                                                     Tickets: £24


Wednesday 24 November, 7.30pm                                    Princess Theatre, Torquay

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £24.50


Friday 26 November, 7.30pm                                                Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Box Office: 0122 335 7851                                                        Tickets: £24


Tuesday 30 November, 7.30pm                                           Brighton Dome

Box Office: 0127 370 9709                                                      Tickets: £27


Saturday 4 December, 7.30pm                                            Globe, Stockton

Box Office: 0843 904 0071                                                     Tickets: £24.50


Sunday 5 December, 7.30pm                                                Palace Theatre, Southend

Box Office: 0170 235 1135                                                        Tickets: £26


Thursday 9 December, 7.30pm                                            White Rock Theatre, Hastings

Box Office: 0142 446 2288                                                     Tickets: £25




Saturday 8 January, 7.30pm                                                  Manchester Opera House

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £24.50


Sunday 16 January, 7.30pm                                                   St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Box Office: 0774 383 9816                                                      Tickets: £24


Sunday 23 January, 7.30pm,                                                                 New Theatre, Oxford

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £24.50


Sunday 30 January, 7.30pm                                                   Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Box Office: 0333 009 6690                                                    Tickets: £24.50


Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 February, …pm         Liverpool Playhouse

Box Office:



For further press information, interviews and photographs, contact Peter Leone –[email protected] / 07790 004875.




Soho Theatre has announced the second series of ‘Soho Theatre Live’ with Amazon Prime Video. It will comprise of ten critically-acclaimed and award-winning comedy shows filmed at Soho Theatre over the course of July 2021.

It is part of Soho Theatre’s three-series deal with Amazon, joining the first series of 11 comedy films released in December 2020 on the platform, featuring Aditi Mittal, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Jessie Cave, Joel Dommett and more.

Steve Lock, Soho Theatre’s Head of Comedy, said: ‘We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Amazon Prime Video. The series encapsulates Soho Theatre’s comedy programme with its diverse mix of styles and we’re proud to bring these exciting artists to a new audience. We had a brilliant time filming these shows with a fantastic crew and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.’

Nina's show 'In your Face' is the first episode opening up the series. You can watch it on Amazon Prime here:

Monkey and Roy

Nina is also performing in a new act as 'Monkey and Roy' with Shenoah Allen of The Pajama Men. Find their shows on the Live page!



Work in Progress shows at the Underbelly Southbank Festival

British Comedy Award winner Nina Conti is experimenting with new ideas and some old favourites as she works out her new show.

'Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius' The Mirror

Buy your tickets now to see her at the Underbelly Southbank Festival 20-22nd May

In Your Face Tour - NYC Dates Announced

Nina is delighted to announce, alongside her UK tour of In Your Face, her New York Debut in which she will play a limited 13 performance run over 10 dates in December at The Barrow Street Theatre, NYC.

They are:

December 12th at 7:30pm

December 13th at 7:30pm

December 14th at 7:30pm (Opening Night)

December 16th at 7:30pm

December 17th at 5:30pm and 9:30pm

December 18th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

December 20th at 7:30pm

December 21st at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

December 22nd at 7:30pm

December 23rd at 2:30pm

Get your tickets now! 



In Your Face - European dates added

Nina is pleased to announce, alongside her UK tour of In Your Face, 3 European dates, of which 2 are part of Live Comedy Festival, Belgium.

They are:

May 30th - Boom Chicago - Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 31st - The M Hall, Bozar - Brussels, Belgium

June 1st - Great Hall, Arenberg - Antwerp, Belgium

We hope to see you there!

18 Shows at the London Criterion

Direct from her smash hit total sell out UK tour, Nina is in London for 18 shows only.

She's won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without moving her lips.

This year, Nina will create a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

Full booking info here:

In Your Face - UK Tour

Nina Conti has announced the dates of her largest scale UK tour to date – and in a spectacular feat of ventriloquism -  it will be entirely improvised every night.

Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without even moving her lips.

Now Nina will use the unique skills and wit that she’s loved for to bring a new comedy experience to venues around the country. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face, creating a different show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience.

With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery. 

 Tickets are now on sale and details can be found on

Clowning Around

Look out for Nina's new documentary, Clowning Around, on BBC4 on March 15 at 9pm. This follows her directorial debut, Her Master's Voice, which won a Grierson Award and a BAFTA nomination. In this new film Conti tells the story of her two year stint as a hospital clown.

Clowning Around follows Nina as she trains as a Giggle Doctor with Theodora Children’s Charity, beginning with her trying to find her clown persona. Devastated by the discovery that Monkey can only perform in hospitals if he can be boil-washed, Nina tries to go it alone with a red nose, a few balloon animals and some slightly disappointing magic tricks. Not to mention her professional snobbery rearing up as she discovers herself becoming a baby-voiced children's entertainer. Further problems emerge when she encounters sufferers from clown phobia...

Living with Monkey

Nina pledges to wear her monkey for 6 weeks, much to the detriment of her relationship with her husband Stan Stanley, and her father, actor Tom Conti, not to mention her daily life encounters!

Edinburgh show comes to London

Nina welcomes you to see a new show improvised into existence!

She is bringing her hit, sell-out, extended run Edinburgh show to London, for three dates only.

The show will be at Soho Theatre 30th November, 8th and 14th December.

Get your tickets here.

Dolly Mixtures DVD available for pre-order

Nina's new DVD will be available from 24th November, 2014.

See the first clip from the show, plus pre-order here now.

Nina Conti - Dolly Mixtures [DVD cover]

Extra Edinburgh tickets go on sale

Due to popular demand, yet another extra show has gone on sale for Nina's work in progress show, Nina Conti is Messing Around.

This will be the last show of the Edinburgh run and will take place at 15:30 on 18th August at Assembly George Square Gardens Bosco.

Tickets are available here. Book quickly to make sure you don't miss out.


These shows are now sold out.

Nina Conti’s Va-Va-Riety Show

Nina will be hosting an exciting new show for BBC2. Filming will take place at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on the 28th July.

The show is a modern take on the traditional variety show, a mix of cabaret, burlesque, magic, musical comedy & circus performance.

Bringing together contemporary variety with Nina’s own world of puppetry and ventriloquism, this comedy show will feature top class acts in a riotous celebration of humour and live performance.

Tickets are free from Applause Store, but you can also create an account and enter the code NINAVAVA for priority tickets.

Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe on sale

Tickets are on sale for Nina's new show. This will be her most ambitious improvised show to date and run at Assembly Roxy for the first half of the Fringe this August.

Award-winning comedian, groundbreaking ventriloquist and Bafta nominated filmmaker Nina Conti is trying out material for her new show. See the first incarnations! ‘A gem … funny, poignant, novel’ (Guardian). ‘I laughed until I couldn't breathe’ (Age, Melbourne). ‘Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius’ (Mirror). ‘Uproariously hilarious’ (Scotsman).

 Check availability and book here


Tickets for British Summer Time - Hyde Park

British Summer Time

I will be performing at Hyde Park on 10th July for a one off spectacular with Tim Minchin, Alan Davies, Milton Jones, Gina Yashere and Jasper Carrott

Buy tickets here.

British Summer Time

Nina and Monkey attend a private doctor's appointment

Nina learns that going to the Gynaecologist with Monkey is not at all awkward.


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