Loyiso Gola: Unlearning
- Marissa Burgess
- 17 August 2017
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).