Loyiso Gola: Unlearning (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Laughs aplenty as white privilege is thoroughly poked at

To many South Africans, this comic is better known for co-creating and anchoring the satirical show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola. He's a popular figure, so it's something of a coup to catch him up close in Edinburgh in a cosy room at the Gilded Balloon. This is Gola's second show at the Fringe, and this time around he's attempting to 'unlearn' some of the thoughts and preconceptions he has formed in his 34 years. It's a loose enough structure for him to frame a myriad set list of stand-up topics and it's undoubtedly a good one with plenty of laughs along the way.

But this show has potential to be a truly brilliant one. Where he shines here are in his pertinent points about race, especially in South Africa where apartheid is only very recent history and its repercussions still resonate hugely. He teasingly pokes fun at our white privilege and he's incredulous at seeing a white person in Australia doing menial work. Then there's Gola's reaction to getting hit by a guy on his white friend's stag do: calling the police is the last thing he'd do.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug, 9pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

  • 3 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide Artist Management Two-time Emmy nominated and Comics' Choice Award winning Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa's most loved comedians for a reason. Returning to the Fringe with his brand-new show, Loyiso challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics…