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LIFE & TIMES at the prestigious Teatro at Montecasino on the 1st and 2nd of July 2011 and in Cape Town at the CTICC on the 8th of July.


Many years ago, a young man from humble beginnings in Gugulethu, Cape Town came to Johannesburg to pursue a seemingly impossible dream of becoming a comedian. 10 years later this young man, now an award winning comedian and recognized as one of the most gifted comedians of his generation, celebrates his tenth anniversary in South African comedy with a show aptly titled

The comedian is none other than the brilliant Loyiso Gola!

With his sharp wit, unmistakable charm and thought provoking comedy style, Loyiso Gola has been enthralling, mystifying and entertaining audiences for an entire decade. In an intelligently frank but tasteful manner, he has made a living of telling it like it is – a modern day George Carlin with his outspokenness mixed with the street smart of a latter day Chris Rock and the attitude of a young defiant Richard Pryor. His first one man show – Loyiso Gola for President - enjoyed groundbreaking success, earned him rave reviews and served to announce his arrival as one of the country’s best comedians, (if not one of the most refreshing presidential candidates of our time!). As a result, he went on to win a South African Comedy Award for “Best Breakthrough Comedy Act” that year and was later nominated in the “Best Comedian of the Year Award” category at the Stars of Mzansi Awards.
“A group of young, black comics are breaking taboos, cracking controversial jokes and taking South Africa by storm. Loyiso Gola is one of them!” - The Wall Street Journal, USA
Since then, Loyiso’s rise in the comedy ranks has been nothing short of meteoric. His illustrious career boasts of performances at all the major comedy events on the local comedy calendar as well as performances in the UK, the US, Dubai, Nigeria, Mauritius and Botswana. During this time he has performed alongside the best the country has to offer as well as shared the stage with some of the best comedians in the world, in the likes of Russell Peters, Paul Rodriguez, Pablo Francisco, Mark Curry, Jim Jefferies, Brandon Burns, Jimmy Carr, Charlie Pickering, Rhod Gilbert, Basketmouth and many others.

He now also has several television and movie credits to his name including being on the unforgettable Pure Monate Show, co-hosting a television show with iconic comedian Pieter Dirk Uys as well as enjoying a cameo on MTV Films’ Bunny Chow. His DVD credits include the best selling Just Because Comedy Festival 1, Just Because Comedy Festival 2, Outrageous and his own greatly received one man show - Loyiso Gola for President.
In a South African first – Loyiso is also now the host of his own news show on etv – the groundbreaking and cutting edge – Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola. In stroke of genius by the channel and a great show of support, etv commissioned the show in 2010 and now in its second season, the show pulls in over a million viewers per episode nationwide.

2011 started for Loyiso with a nomination in the “Best Comedian of the Year” category at the inaugural instalment of the Comics Choice Awards. This recognition from his peers, a clear testament of the position he now holds amongst the country’s comedy heavyweights. The journey there has been a 10 year odyssey of madness – during this time Loyiso has experienced LIFE, developed his craft and evolved as a comedian while the country has navigated through some interesting TIMES; socially, economically and politically.

In LIFE & TIMES an older, more enlightened and insightful Gola will bring to the stage some of his most celebrated material amassed over a decade of performance which will also be interwoven in a narrative that will include content about the events and people who have shaped the country and the world we live in over the past 10 years. Given his affinity towards frank and observational social commentary as well as a politically satirical angle that has been richly honed by his outspoken television show, this live show is bound to boldly go where no other comedian has gone before (or dares to for that matter!).  

In the same way that comedy audiences have come to know the prodigiously talented Loyiso Gola, he will look to blow patrons away with his tear-jerkingly funny stories and hard hitting punch lines. The show will be a multimedia comedy extravaganza that is set to make people see Loyiso Gola in a way that they have never seen him before – an epic event.  

Show Dates:

·     1st and 2nd of July 2011 at the Teatro, Montecasino - Johannesburg

·     8 July 2011 at CTICC - Cape Town

Tickets for the show range from R130 to R180 and can be bought online at <>  or at Computicket outlets nationwide.

Loyiso Gola’s LIFE & TIMES is proudly brought to you by HUNTA Live and Podium...The Comedy Merchants in association with etv.                                                              ...ENDS

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