Fresh from performing on Britain’s prestigious ‘Live at the Apollo’ and recording a Netflix special in Montreal, Canada, two-time Emmy-nominated South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, returns from travelling the world to bring his latest comedy offering, Unlearning, to Suncoast’s brand new venue, The Globe in Durban on 15 December and the Cape Town ICC on 22 December.
The show challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more. He brings together sharp and philosophical contemplations all delivered with his signature satirical charm and wit.
“This show delves into unpacking what we’ve learnt growing up, viewing the world differently and realising that there’s a need to unlearn it instead of being stuck in our own stereotypical mindsets. I go through a process of attempting to ‘unlearn’ some thoughts and preconceptions about relationships, masculinity, race, things that I’m currently going through and are pertinent in my life and I get to share this with the audience,” comments Gola.
Gola is no stranger to making audiences laugh. There is a reason why Loyiso is one of the most respected and renowned comedians in South Africa, and he seems to have been received with open arms with international audiences too.
“Thoughtful and engaging, he had the crowd in constant laughter and at ease with their flaws, along with his own…you’ll certainly be selling yourself short if you choose not to watch at all,” wrote a journalist from Cue, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival newspaper.
“Nothing short of hilarious…expertly crafted…a real Fringe highlight.” was commented in the Scottish magazine, ThreeWeeks with The Scotsman adding: “brilliant comic brain.” He has even been referred to as a “genuine thinker masquerading as a fool.”
Loyiso will also be featured in an unprecedented new stand-up comedy event series with Netflix set to premiere in early 2019, that will feature 47 comedians from around the globe. Loyiso is one of four South African comedians who will have their own half-hour special feature. The series was recently recorded at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Loyiso Gola’s Unlearning is proudly brought to you by the leaders in comedy, Blu Blood. “We pride ourselves on bringing world-class South African comedians to stages around the country and Loyiso is no exception. As the cream of the crop, we’re excited to be bringing Loyiso to The Globe stage for the first time,” comments Blu Blood MD, Osman Osman.
Be sure not to miss this comedic genius. Tickets from R120 are available at Computicket outlets and online.
About Loyiso Gola:
Loyiso Gola is a high profile South African stand-up comedian with 12 seasons of his two-time international Emmy-nominated satirical news show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola under his belt (writer, host and executive producer) and is the African correspondent for Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly on the ABC in Australia. CNN recently featured Loyiso on their profile series, African Voices. In November 2015, Loyiso completed a run of his show Tall Tales at the Soho Theatre, contributed to This Week’s World on BBC 2 in 2016; stormed Mock The Week on BBC 2 before bringing his show, Dude, Where’s My Lion? to Edinburgh. Loyiso rounded off an action packed 2016 with his debut US stand-up special in New York and was released by Vimeo Originals and launched at the prestigious New York Comedy Festival. In 2017, Loyiso debuted to critical acclaim at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Perth Comedy Festival. Loyiso also took part in the Sugar Sammy International Galas and LOL Live as part of Kevin Hart’s SVOD platform, Laugh Out Loud Network. His show, Unlearning, received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also starred in the South African feature film, Catching Feelings, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and featured in the Urban World Festival in New York City. He also appeared on rapper 50 Cent’s BET comedy show, 50 Central, which he describes the experience as ‘cool’. Loyiso was the popular writer, host and executive producer of the popular satire show, Late Nite News.