Two-time Emmy-nominated and Comics’ Choice Award winner, Loyiso Gola, is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians for a reason – and Capetonians will get to experience the comedy genius again in person next month.
Returning to his hometown with his brand-new show, ‘Unlearning’, the Cape Town-born Loyiso Gola challenges societal norms in his latest comedy offering on stage at the Baxter Theatre, for an exclusive two-night offering on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2.
Gola will set forth in his usual manner of getting audiences to question everything they thought they knew about politics, race, history and more – all delivered with his signature satirical wit.
Loyiso Gola, who has just returned from making his U.S. comedy TV debut on the late night TV show, ‘50 Central’ – produced by rapper and actor 50 Cent – says he is looking forward to dazzling the Cape Town audience.
“It’s a very introspective show that deals with a lot of issues. It’s very personal, which means I draw a lot from my personal life,” he says.
The Gugulethu-born host, co-producer and writer of ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’ is no stranger to making audiences laugh on TV and on stage. Gola, who showcased ‘Unlearning’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival audience earlier this year, says he is currently going through “a process of personal unlearning”, which he gets to share with the audience.
“I talk about unlearning sexism, masculinity and how I view myself as a black person.”
This all-round funny man burst onto the scene at the tender age of 17, winning the Sprite Soul Comedy competition. Since then his work in TV, radio, film and live performance has earned him a spot amongst South Africa’s best and most loved comedians. His easy going manner and likeability has seen him host the Metro FM Music Awards, South African Music Awards and the South African Film and Television awards. Gola recently appeared in Britain’s panel show ‘Mock The Week’ and several BBC radio shows. He has performed alongside the legendary Pieter Dirk-Uys, and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one South Africa’s comedy greats.
Gola has just released his fourth Comedy DVD, ‘State of the Nation in South Africa’. His debut U.S. comedy special, ‘Loyiso Gola Live in New York’, was released by Vimeo Originals in November 2016, launching at the prestigious New York Comedy Festival.
Gola, who heads to Durban in mid-December with the show after its run in The Mother City, admits that his Cape Town audiences are always a thrill to entertain on stage. “I enjoy performing in Cape Town because I know the city so well. I dig the city’s culture and vibe – from a steak gatsby to the taxis.”
* Tickets can be purchased via Computicket and are priced at R150 each.