Loyiso Gola: The Professional Black! (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Loyiso Gola: The Professional Black!

South African comedian charmingly pokes at countries and their customs

As he meekly takes the stage, it looks like Loyiso Gola is trying to sneak out. But this disarming entrance is just part of his endearing modesty. The South African relishes poking gentle fun at other countries and their cultures, observing foreign customs with a childlike incredulity that could strike as ignorant but actually comes across as very charming.

Enthralled by the world's diversity, Gola is a captivating host, employing daft accents that are technically all over the shop yet still very funny. It's just a shame that his material dries up before the end, and there are plenty of other pointers to suggest he's still learning the ropes.

Much of Gola's material is informed by his travels and tonight's audience contains a broad spectrum of people whom he eagerly engages. Yet when an audience member tells him she's from India Gola simply deadpans, 'I've never been there,' and proceedings come to a complete halt. Blessed with an infectious joy and boundless enthusiasm, if he can just tighten up his act Gola has the potential for great things.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 19), 10pm, £9–£11

Loyiso Gola: The Professional Black!

  • 3 stars

Hard Laughs. The award-winning comedian and groundbreaking TV host makes his return to Edinburgh with a new show that will spark interest, ignite curiosity and provoke debate. The show will highlight any preconceived ideas as to what a Professional Black is. The King of Satire has been gracing the stage and TV for over a…