Biography of Loyiso Gola & Net Worth 2024

Biography of Loyiso Gola & Net Worth 2024.

Loyiso Gola (born 16 May 1983) is a South African stand-up comedian. He is the co-creator and anchor of the late-night satirical news television series Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on e.tv and eNCA which was launched in 2010.

In 2012 he was named one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, in the Media & Film category. Men’s Health describes Gola as having “divisive mass appeal” due to the openly critical nature of his humor, and being “a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation”. His younger brother Lazola Gola is also a comedian.

Early life and Career

Gola is a Xhosa, born in the CapeTown township of Gugulethu He moved away from Gugulethu at the age of 14, and attended Zonnebloem Nest Senior School in Woodstock. Gola describes himself as “very reserved and shy” before his exposure to comedy. After performing a stand-up opening act for comedian Marc Lottering at his high school, his drama teacher introduced him to the Cape Comedy Collective at the age of 17. He subsequently job shadowed stand-up comedians from the comedy troupe for a school work experience programme and began performing on stage regularly with the group. He matriculated in 2002, and won the Sprite Soul Comedy Tour in December of the same year, after which he relocated from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

His television career began with appearances on SABC 1 in the Phat Joe Live talk show in 2002, and subsequently on the SABC 1 Pure Monate Show sketch comedy series created by comedians David Kau and Kagiso Lediga in 2003. In 2007 he became the co-host of the SABC 2 Dinner with the President talk show created by Pieter-Dirk Uys, playing the role of the black grandson of the satirist’s alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout. In 2010 he became the host of the Late Nite News satirical series he co-created with fellow comedian Kasigo Lediga. The show was nominated for an International Emmy Award for best comedy series in 2013.

Gola has also performed stand-up comedy in various one-man shows on the South African comedy circuit since 2006, as well as in several international comedy festivals. He won the Best Breakthrough Comedy Act South African Comedy Award for his 2007 one-man show Loyiso Gola for President, which coincided with the run-up to the election of a new leader of the African National Congress who would ultimately become the President of South Africa.

Filmography

Film

  • Bunny Chow Know Thyself (2006)
  • Outrageous (2010)
  • Copposites (2012)
  • Catching Feelings (2017)

Television

  • Phat Joe Live (2002)
  • The Pure Monate Show (2003)
  • Dinner with the President – co-host with Pieter-Dirk Uys (2007)
  • Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola – host (2010)
  • Comedy Central Presents Loyiso Gola Live at Parker’s (2012)
  • BBC Live at The Apollo (2018)

Awards

  • 2002 – Winner of Sprite Soul Comedy Tour
  • 2007 – South African Comedy Award – Best Breakthrough Comedy Act for Loyiso Gola for President
  • 2014 – The Savanna SA Comic’s Choice Award – Comic of the Year Award

Loyiso Gola Net Worth

Loyiso Gola’s net worth is estimated to be $600,000.

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