SA funnyman Loyiso Gola talks new gig and taking on the global comedy scene

South African comedian Loyiso Gola is determined to infiltrate the global comedy market.

He says performing on international stages helps South African stories reach a broader audience.

Gola made his US TV debut on late night show 50 Central, which will air in March next year.

He currently holds UK and US work permits and says performing abroad helps him to gauge the level of his work.

Gola explains that he hardly adjusts the content of his routines to suit international audiences.

The comedian is best known as the host, co-producer and writer of Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.

His new stand-up show, Unlearning, challenges the many problematic social norms that he's been taught over his 34 years of life.

Unlearning will be on in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town between 21 November and 16 December.

I was taught homophobia. Now I've got to unlearn that. I've got to unlearn masculinity and sexuality.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

The show talks about my journey of unlearning all these things. It's not that intense; it's funny.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

I've got to go to where all the best stand-up comics are in the world and apply my trade.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

The paper work to get a work permit in the US and the UK is strenuous. It took me eight moths. It's a very long time and it's a lot of money.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

It's a good thing to take what we have here and tell the story.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

You can tell the story from Joburg, but it's not gona have the same legs if it was told in New York.

Loyiso Gola, comedian and entertainer

Click here for more booking information.

Take listen to him get candid and crack some jokes:

WATCH: Loyiso Gola performs extract from his 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show, Unlearning


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA funnyman Loyiso Gola talks new gig and taking on the global comedy scene


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