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Loyiso Gola

South Africa

Loyiso is a very high profile South African stand up, with 12 seasons of his two-time International Emmy nominated satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola under his belt. He is also the African correspondent for Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly on the ABC in Australia, and CNN featured Loyiso on their profile series, African Voices.

In 2015 Loyiso completed a run of his show Tall Tales at the Soho Theatre. The following year he contributed to This Week’s World on BBC2 and stormed Mock the Week (BBC2) 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 Loyiso Gola Live in New York, which was recorded in Brooklyn, and released by Vimeo Originals in November 2016 and launched at the prestigious New York Comedy Festival.

In 2017, Loyiso headed down under to Sydney and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, receiving rave reviews, and performed on the Melbourne International Comedy Gala in aid of Oxfam, Comedy Up Late on ABC, followed by the Perth Comedy Festival. He then headed to Montreal, where he took part in the Sugar Sammy International Galas and LOL Live, as part of Kevin Hart’s upcoming SVOD platform, the Laugh Out Loud Network. Loyiso took a new show, Unlearning, to the Edinburgh Fringe, which was critically acclaimed, including 4* in the Scotsman.

Loyiso recently completed a national tour in his native South Africa, and can soon be seen in 50 Central on BET, as well as in the upcoming feature film Catching Feelings, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and featured in the Urban World Festival in New York City. Loyiso took Unlearning to this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and brings the show to the Soho Theatre in May.


Want to learn a bit more about Loyiso? Watch this fantastic piece from CNN: African Voices  “Africas funniest export”  #myafrica  #watchthisspace

And here are a few fantastic reviews for Loyiso at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, plus a clip of him performing at the

2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala

“Loyiso Gola smashes white privilege like an avocado”  Herald Sun ★★★★1/2

“he’s a captivating character that knows how to perform…”  Theatre People  ★★★★

“Gola’s appeal is his casual, laid-back charm that makes him a pleasure to be with”  Chortle


After smashing his Melbourne debut last year, we’re so excited to announce that Loyiso Gola will be returning to the Festival this year! Back with a new show ‘Unlearning’, Loyiso delves into the realms about politics, race and history in a sharp and hilarious hour of stand-up.

28 March – 22 April 2018


For more information about Loyiso Gola, please email Nathalie@mickperrin.com

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning – Soho Theatre

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Loyiso Gola's Latest Tweet

As an idea ‘Romanticsm’ is not older than 300 years ..... that blows my mind #asyouwere

2:17pm | 20 May