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Loyiso Gola


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United Kingdom

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Two-time International Emmy-nominated South African comedian

Born and raised in Cape Town, Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa's most gifted and popular comedians. He grew up a shy child who finally came out of his shell after trying stand-up as a teen in school. Gola's drama teacher introduced him to the Cape Comedy Collective where he continued to flourish.

After entering university in 2002, Gola won the Sprite Soul Comedy Tour and relocated to Johannesburg where he began to land TV appearances on panel and sketch shows.

Gola debuted his first one-man show I'm Frank in 2006 and he's been captivating audiences with his refreshingly frank stand-up ever since. In 2007, he scored the South African Comedy Award for Best Breakthrough Comedy Act with Loyiso Gola For President.

He's toured regularly in South Africa and the UK with such shows as 2010's Coming Home, 2011's Life & Times, 2012's Professional Black, 2013's Loyiso Gola Live and 2014's State Of The Nation Address.

In addition, Gola created and hosted the satirical television series Late Nite News in 2010, which ran until 2015 and received two International Emmy nominations. Over the years, he's also appeared on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, QI and Mock The Week.

In early 2021, Gola released the hour-long Netflix special Unlearning offering riffs about race, identity, politics and a school prank that went embarrassingly wrong.  

The Scotsman said that "behind his playful bewildered style is a brilliant comic brain", while The List called it "an engaging hour of silly and serious material".

In June 2021, Gola announced October 2021 UK dates for his new show Pop Culture that explores the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world in his hilarious way.


Loyiso Gola is touring the UK from 1 – 31 October 2021 with his latest show Pop Culture.

Loyiso Gola will take his show Pop Culture to the following UK cities in 2021:

  • Birmingham
  • Brighton
  • Oxford
  • Bristol
  • Salford Quays
  • Gloucester
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Cambridge
  • London

Loyiso Gola's Pop Culture show is recommended for ages 15+.

Tickets for Loyiso Gola's 2021 tour dates are on sale now.