Loyiso Gola dives into years of pop culture and the way they have shaped our lives with his new Fringe show. Loyiso is a high profile South African stand up, with twelve seasons of his two-time International Emmy nominated satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola under his belt. With the Edinburgh Fringe fast approaching Loyiso spoke with The Fountain about his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It’s the best comedy festival in the world. It’s the only place where you can do thirty hours of comedy in a month. I have done the Fringe Festival five times before and at the end of each one I feel an improvement in my comedy. This festival has grit and I will always come back.
TF: Pop Culture certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
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.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I am a Xhosa man from South Africa. My work is inspired by my upbringing. 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.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I am going to have a sober Fringe and I would like to leave The Fringe as a solid comic and with a show I can tour with.
I always urge comedians to make a trip to the Fest a year before just to see how it is. Its an overwhelming festival if you come through without a clue as to what to do, you won’t enjoy it.
You can see Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture at Pleasance Dome from 31st July – 26th August (not 13th) at 19:00. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com