Fringe Q&A: Loyiso Gola

Loyiso Gola dives into years of pop culture and the way they have shaped our lives. Loyiso is an incredibly high profile South African stand up, with 12 seasons of his two-time International Emmy nominated satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola under his belt. As seen on Netflix: Comedians Of The World, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

I have done the Festival five times before and this will be my sixth time. The first time I came I hustled open spots and I was only there for a week. The second time I brought a 30 minute show on a double bill. The last three times at the Festival I have delivered a new hour.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

My show exams popular culture and its influence on us as a society. How pop/sub culture shaped my existence. The good and the bad of pop culture. My show will give nuances about South African history and tons of personal anecdotes. This piece of work deliberates about pop discourse in 2019.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

It takes me about a year to write a new show in general. Then I go to comedy clubs a lot and that is where I develop a lot of stuff. But writing a new show requires a different set of skills. You tend to require a thread that has a beginning , middle and end. And all of that has to have a point to it.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Reviewers make me nervous because they sometimes miss the point of the show. I have read reviews and I thought was this person watching my show?

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

I am a Xhosa man from South Africa. My work is inspired by my upbringing in South Africa . It’s definitely influenced by Pop Culture. A lot of my work is from personal experience but I try to make it as nuanced as possible, which means I dig deep a lot of the time.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend? What’s on your hit-list to see?

Orlando Baxter.

Eddie Izzard.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I hear there is a beach nearby so I will be checking it out this year. I have been threatening to go in the past. I am skeptical, as I grew up in Cape Town so I have a higher standard of a beach than a human from the middle of England.

Loyiso Gola’s new stand up show ‘Pop Culture’ will be at the Pleasance Dome 10 Dome for the month of August. For tickets go to

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