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Loyiso Gola’s top ten stand-up comedians

The South African comic and TV host reveals his favourite fellow stand-ups

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Loyiso Gola

Loyiso Gola’s been performing his energetic stand-up – mixing hard-hitting satire with daft observations – across the globe for a decade, so it’s about time he made his way to London.

The Cape Town-born comic has performed on the London circuit a little in the past, and been to the Edinburgh Fringe twice, but his run of ‘Tall Tales’ this month is the first time he’s ever performed a solo show in our capital.

Gola’s a huge name in his home country; his live shows fill arenas and he’s the host of ‘Daily Show’-style satirical talk show ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’, which has twice been nominated for an international Emmy.

Ahead of his London gigs, we asked the 32-year-old stand-up for his favourite fellow comics. It turns out he’s a big fan of our British stars too…

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Hannibal Buress
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Hannibal Buress

‘The funniest person I know personally. I wish I lived inside his head. Like, who can make apple juice funny? Hannibal, that’s who. He probably will even turn this into a bit.’

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9
Ross Noble
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2/10

Ross Noble

‘I watched this gentleman when I was 16 years-old, a year before I started doing stand-up comedy. Ross is probably the best improviser I have ever seen.’

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8
Trevor Noah
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Trevor Noah

‘Pure inspiration to me. Knowing him personally coming up in the comedy scene in South Africa, I can truly say he is a hard-working comic.’

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7
Michael Che
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Michael Che

‘I wish I had this motherfucker’s stage presence. A total joy to watch.’

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6
Patton Oswalt
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5/10

Patton Oswalt

‘I can’t even tell you why I dig this dude. He has an intangible charm when doing stand-up.’

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5
Dave Chappelle
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Dave Chappelle

‘He’s Rick James, bitch!’

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4
Chris Rock
7/10

Chris Rock

‘One of the greatest comedians currently performing. I am always just interested to hear his take on issues.’

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3
Daniel Kitson
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Daniel Kitson

‘The only comic who makes me feel like I don’t know what stand-up comedy is. He’s created a new level of comedy. I saw him perform in Edinburgh a few years ago and he blew my mind.’

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2
Louis CK
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9/10

Louis CK

‘Probably the hardest working comic in the world. He writes a new special every year. That’s madness!’

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1
Bill Burr
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10/10

Bill Burr

‘Bill Burr is my favourite on this list. He says shit I wish I could say on stage. He is always pushing the audience. His delivery is second to none. But my favourite changes. Next week it could be someone else. Currently Bill Burr is my favourite.’

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