Loyiso Gola booked to headline Comedy Central Presents ...

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Comedy Central on 14 May 2012
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After just two outings, Comedy Central Presents … Live at Parker’s is fast establishing itself as the hottest go-to stand-up comedy night in Johannesburg.

Taking place at Parker’s Comedy & Jive the last Wednesday of every month, Comedy Central Presents … Live at Parker’s showcases the best established and up-and-coming comedians in a relaxed and fun environment.

Topping the bill and MC-ing at the May edition of live comedy gig will be Loyiso Gola, nimbly supported by Deep Fried Man, Martin Jonas and Lazola Gola.

Loyiso Gola first turned up on the comedy scene in late 2000 with no previous exposure to stand-up, just a gut feeling he could do it well. Although he looked more like a basketball player, Loyiso soon proved he was a comedic slam-dunk.

His style is disarmingly frank, but don’t be mistaken into thinking he’s naive: his observations on today’s youth pack hidden a hidden punch that can take your breath away.

In just a little over two years in the industry Deep Fried Man (a.k.a Daniel Friedman) has developed a genre-defying blend of music, comedy and satire that is clever, controversial and completely unique.

His debut one-man show, Deeply Fried, won multiple awards, including Newcomer at the 2011 Comics Choice Awards, and a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and he was joint winner of the 2010 Parkers Comedy Showdown.

He has been a part of many of South Africa's biggest comedy events (46664's It's No Joke, The Jozi Comedy Festival, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam) and has been featured on television and in films (Material, LOL, Tonight With Trevor Noah, LNN with Loyiso Gola, Opening Guys, MTV Base Meets & Comedy Central).

YouTube success arrived thanks to “An Idiot's Guide to the South African National Anthem”, a collaboration with comedian Gareth Woods, and his attempts to poke fun at Helen Zille which accidentally got her trending worldwide on Twitter.

Martin Jonas, a self-styled boykie from Potchefstroom, is South African through and through, and his comedy - delivered in both English and Afrikaans - covers just about all aspects of the South African lifestyle.

A firm favourite on the stand-up comedy club circuit, Martin has headlined at all the Comedy Express venues and major comedy functions nationwide, including the 5fm Comedy Jams as well as the Kingsize Comedy Events.

Impressing audiences with his novel style and pertinent observational humour, Martin was invited by Joe Parker to be the support act on his “First Farewell Tour” of December/January 1997/98.

In April 1998, M-Net picked Martin to compère their “It’s a funny Country” special and since then, his reputation has grown and grown.

Martin was invited to appear in the Smirnoff Mule Comedy Festival in October 1998 in both Durban and Cape Town at the Playhouse Theatre and Baxter Theatre respectively. In March of 2002 Martin was included in the line-up of comedians at the South African Comedy Festival in London - to rave reviews.

Capetonian Lazola Gola had his first show in high school and has been doing it ever since. His act has evolved into a well-rounded stage persona, dancing between the unusual and the quirky.

One of the most exciting new acts in the country today, Lazola takes the audience on a ride into a world of unique observations, different and hilarious perceptions about everyday life.

Comedy Central Presents Loyiso Gola Live at Parker's kicks off at Parker's Comedy & Jive, Montecasino, Fourways at 20:00 CAT on Wednesday 30 May 2012.

Tickets are available at or on the door, priced R120. The Comedy Central TV cameras will be on hand to capture all the fun for comedy fans who can't make it down to Montecasino.

“Comedy Central Presents Loyiso Gola Live at Parker's” will premiere on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) at 20:55 CAT on Friday 13 July 2012.

Here's a table with more date details: the date the shows are filmed live and the broadcast dates ...

Parkers Table


14 May 2012 17:24

are they related?Lazola & Loy?

15 May 2012 08:27

They are - he's Loyiso's younger brother.

15 May 2012 14:47


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