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M&G: Loyiso Gola takes his comedy to the next level

Published on 19 June 2015

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][IN THE NEWS] Loyiso Gola is one of the funnymen on the 2015 National Arts Festival’s programme, which includes Pieter-Dirk Uys and Conrad Koch.

There’s a great interview with Gola in the Mail & Guardian today, where the 32-year-old stand-up comedian talks about his one-man show in Gauteng, as part of the Loyiso Gola Live tour, which will end at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which runs from 2 to 12 July.

The 32-year-old stand-up will be presenting two shows at #NAF2015:  ‘Loyiso Gola Live – State of the Nation‘  and ‘Loyiso Gola – The Thin Line‘.

In the Q&A session, the comic and the M&G talk about how South Africans deal with satire, Gola’s debut as a correspondent on Australian satirical TV news show ‘The Weekly with Charlie Pickering’, and how Gola responds to people who don’t think he’s funny.

Satire takes centre stage at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. How well does South Africa embrace this genre? I don’t know. Most of these things I can’t really measure but personally I do think that we are on the right track. I just think that the people of South Africa hold the people in government in too much of a high regard and that needs to change; they revere them. I hope satire is able to demystify politicians and, hopefully, in the next 15 to 20 years we would have had a situation where the majority of the people in the country consider politicians as humans as opposed to these untouchable beings.