Mar 22, 2023

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Loyiso Madinga: South African actor making a name in comedy

Loyiso Madinga, from Eastern Cape, South Africa, is a fast-rising stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He made an entry as a writer and performer in 2012 through television shows such as The Bantu Hour with Kagiso Lediga and Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, which were twice nominated for an Emmy show.

In 2018 he was chosen to be the Africa correspondent for the Daily Show, hosted by acclaimed comedian Trevor Noah.

Madinga also referenced South African actress Pearl Thusi’s side in Queen Sono, Netflix’s first African original series.

He has recently performed at several events in Africa, including the recent SEKA Live concert in Rwanda in Kigali.

Regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in his country, Madinga said: “It was terrible. At first we thought it was only 20 days of vacation, which sounded great. But then it took longer as we were stuck in our homes. A lot of people just weren’t financially prepared for it, especially artists. When lockdown started in March, I had shows scheduled for my tour starting in April.

“Stand-up comedy works because we have the mic, the people, and most importantly, the energy in the room. While we’re performing we get a lot of feedback and we know what people like, enjoy and don’t like. Without this physical presence, this is not possible. A few people have tried virtual performances but they will also tell you how it doesn’t work.

He said their experience in South Africa has been traumatic as they have opened multiple times due to Covid-19 19 Pandemic measures have been taken. After six months of fully opening up, he said the space is gradually returning.

About acting, Madinga said, “It was a great experience. I previously had roles with Kagiso Lediga, then Loyiso Gola, and The Daily Show. The role in Queen Sono was the first dramatic role in a series.

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