Loyiso Madinga

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Loyiso Madinga is a South African comedian best known for hosting insert segments on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

His stand-up comedy career began in 2012 at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, where he shared the stage with international acts including Tom Segura.

In the same year he was one of four featured comedians (the others being Eddie Eckstein, Martin Evans and Jason Goliath) on an episode of Comedy Central Presents... Live @ Parkers, which was hosted by Tumi Morake (Season 1, Episode 5). The episode first aired on Comedy Central on 16 November, 2012.

Since then, he quickly became a regular local comedian act, sharing a stage with several comedians on David Kau's 'Blacks Only' line-up and performing at the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival.

He also travelled South Africa as part of Trevor Noah's Nationwild tour and represented his home country at the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland and Busan Comedy Festival in Korea.

Loyiso wrote and performed on the satire show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola; and was a writer and performer on the first two seasons of the SABC2 sketch show The Bantu Hour from 2015-2018.

As a scriptwriter on the show he was nominated in the category Best Achievement in Scriptwriting - TV Comedy at the 11th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), which took place on Thursday 16 March, 2017.

In the same year he was a guest on an episode of the SABC3 celebrity panel comedy game show Is That a Fact?, along with Siyabonga Radebe, Letoya Makhene and Roger Goode. The episode aired on 20 May, 2017 (Season 1, Episode 7).

Loyiso also starred in a comedy special called Born Free-ish, arising from the confusion of someone who is too young to be able to say they fought in the struggle, but too old to be a born-free.

Filmed in 2016, the special aired on the now-defunct Vuzu Amp channel on Wednesday 27 December, 2017.

In early 2018 he joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as a comedy correspondent, helming topical segments for the African broadcast of the show on Comedy Central. His first appearance was on Thursday 11 January, 2018.

A week later he was a guest on the SABC3 talk show Real Talk with Anele, in which he talked about his gig on The Daily Show and what the comedy scene still has to offer. The episode aired on Friday 19 January, 2018.

Later that year he was a referee on the second season of the Comedy Central reality show Roast Battle South Africa.

Loyiso was one of four comedians from South Africa (the others being Loyiso Gola, Riaad Moosa and Tumi Morake) who featured in the Netflix comedy series Comedians of the World, which was released on the platform on 1 January, 2019.

The series features a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity, taped in eight languages from around the world.

The following year he starred in the action spy thriller series Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi as a hard-partying spy assisted by her cohorts from a covert peacekeeping organisation who uses her lethal skills to keep Africa safe from terror.

In the series he plays Fred, the Lead Field Technician for the SOG and Queen's right hand man.

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