Pickled fish for comedian Loyiso Gola

Johannesburg – It’s been an amazing few months with South Africans making us proud overseas.

This week, we celebrate Emmy nominee Loyisa Gola, a comedian, producer and writer whose Comedy Special and one-man show premiered on Netflix earlier in the week.

I chatted to the lanky one while he sported Joseph-inspired trousers and what seemed like size 16 Nike sneakers.

Q: Are you funnier because you are super tall?

A: No, height really makes no diff erence, I’m just funny.

Q: Are you opening doors for younger comedians?

A: I’m definitely keen to help, and want to help more, but most want exposure when they should be working on their craft . So it depends.

Q: Do you feel any pressure to act rich

A: I live in Braamfontein and am not about that life. I keep things simple, says the talented one, who insists that he customises his life to his needs

Q:What are you doing for Easter?

A: I will return to the Cape and my mother will cook the usual delicious pickled fish, like every year.

Q: Are you the highest- paid local comedian, because we read Dave Chappelle from the US was reportedly paid $20-million (R301-million)?

A: I prefer not to answer that question.

Q: On the topic of Cape Town, do you tell jokes about your friends and family members, humiliating them to the world?

A: No, I don’t disrespect my family and friend, as I feel it’s bullying them. I have a bigger audience. But I did ask my mom for permission. I joke about her.

Q: Who is your favourite comedian locally?

A: It has to be between Skhumba and Celeste Ntuli

Q: Why is the show called #unlearning?

A: I want people to self-evaluate.

He might like pickled fish like the rest of us, but he is definitely making major moves.

Congrats Loyiso, and try our fish recipe.

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