Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture

Tuesday 14 October 2021

Loyiso Gola is a South African stand-up comedian. He is the co-creator and anchor of the late-night satirical news television series Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on e.tv and eNCA which was launched in 2010.

In 2012 he was named one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, in the Media & Film category. Men’s Health describes Gola as having “divisive mass appeal” due to the openly critical nature of his humour, and being “a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation”. His younger brother Lazola Gola is also a comedian.

His television career began with appearances on SABC 1 in the Phat Joe Live talk show in 2002, and subsequently on the SABC 1 Pure Monate Show sketch comedy series created by comedians David Kau and Kagiso Lediga in 2003.In 2007 he became the co-host of the SABC 2 Dinner with the President talk show created by Pieter-Dirk Uys, playing the role of the black grandson of the satirist’s alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout. In 2010 he became the host of the Late Nite News satirical series he co-created with fellow comedian Kasigo Lediga. The show was nominated for an International Emmy Award for best comedy series in 2013.

Gola has also performed stand-up comedy in various one-man shows on the South African comedy circuit since 2006,as well as in several international comedy festivals. He won the Best Breakthrough Comedy Act South African Comedy Award for his 2007 one-man show Loyiso Gola for President, which coincided with the run-up to the election of a new leader of the African National Congress who would ultimately become the President of South Africa

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