Review: Loyiso Gola live at The Baxter
On Wednesday evening, all the stars were out for the opening night of Loyiso Gola's brand new show at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town, called Loyiso Gola Live.
I've been a fan of Gola's for a while - watching him on his Emmy-nominated news satire show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, on eNCA and etv - and was rather looking forward to seeing this young South African comedian up close and personal and on stage at the Baxter.
In the show, Gola uses quite a lot of his personal life and experiences, bringing in a commentary that is just hilarious! As the audience, we hear about everything from his growing up in the township and going to a former Model C school; to the Cape Town "ga'atjies" (the men who shout from the minibus taxis so that folks know where it is headed), to various other observations.
The humour touches quite a bit on race and race relations, but in an easygoing and non-offensive way that allows folks of all race groups to enjoy the show, and laugh at themselves.
For a young comedian, Gola has come very far in this industry. He has already gained much recognition and experience, and I honestly can't wait to continue watching him and seeing his skills and humour develop and grow. His present is already bright, so who knows how much brighter the future will be for him?
I highly recommend that if you're in need of a good laugh, you make a plan to see Loyiso Gola Live at the Baxter. If you love South Africa, love our people, and love celebrating our diversity through humour - I also recommend that you get yourself tickets as soon as possible.
The show is only on for a short run, and continues until Saturday, 23 November 2013. Performances start at 8pm.
Tickets for the remaining shows are a reasonable R80. Block bookings of 10 or more get a 10% discount. Booking can be done through Computicket, except for discount bookings, which can be done by calling 021 680 3962.
Please note, this production is not recommended for younger theatre-goers, and has an age restriction of 16. It contains strong language and prejudice in parts.
Jonathan Duguid is a 94.5 Kfm Presenter. Follow him on Twitter: @theDramaKing