Talk all the rage at SABC
Quotas make it lekker local
AMID the public broadcaster’s new 80 percent local content quota bid, a slew of new talk shows have been introduced to SABC3’s schedule.
Enter Jason Goliath, an established comedian on the comedy circuit, who has been tasked with hosting a new, daily late-night talk show, akin to international series like The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
International series have made way for the new local talkers, which also include afternoon variety show Real Talk (hosted by Anele Mdoda) and The Weekend Edition (hosted by Phat Joe and Khanyi Mbau).
Larger than Life is a first for the country, as a daily screened late-night talk show.
Goliath will also appear in his first DStv Box Office special National Comics Party, which will be available from Friday, ahead of the upcoming elections.
The 35- year- old said his show was modelled on British comedy talk shows like the BBC’s Graham Norton Show.
Larger than Life is described as an entertainment- based comedy talk show that focuses on celebrity interviews.
Goliath said: “We are trying to create a show that pushes the boundaries, firstly, by asking questions that celebs are not usually asked, instead of focusing on what we read about them on social media and see on TV. ”
Since it debuted last week, there have been mixed reactions to the show.
One viewer even picked on SEVEN things you might not know about Jason Goliath:
He launched The Goliath Comedy Club in April, the third comedy club in South Africa.
On July 22, Goliath will appear in his first DStv box office special, the National Comics’ Party.
Before he began comedy, he was a marketing manager at a Makro store. This is his fifth year in comedy.
When he assumed his role at the tender age of 21, he was the youngest manager at that level in the chain store’s history.
He later worked in insurance, opening his own brokerage. After initially doing well, his company went under in 2010 and he lost everything.
Jason, Nicholas (his cousin), his sister Kate, and his business partner of the same surname Donovan Goliath, founded the entertainment company Goliath and Goliath. Goliath’s weight by calling him a “balloon”.
In response, Goliath thanked the viewer for watching.
“Social media has shown love and many people love the concept and light-heartedness of the show. After the first week we have received 99 percent love from the viewers. There is always that one guy that says I’m a little too chubby for television.”
Goliath said he only knew 10 days before shooting that he had been confirmed as the show’s host.
The production was promptly assembled. They are now on a production schedule of shooting two episodes a day.
“The show is recorded twice a week and we are not more
When he travels anywhere in South Africa or the world, the first thing he does is book a place that has comedy. The second thing he does is ask if he can have five minutes on stage for free, to tell his story. – Shingai Darangwa than a week ahead of schedule.”
They have three writers: Goliath and two others, known as the “unprofessionals”.
As the show continues, they will include new comedians as part of the team of writers, or the new unprofessionals.
“We have a guest and a second guest joins in the second segment. We encourage the guests to interact with each other through the course of the show.”
Later in the show, they play two games, Awkward Questions and 29 Seconds (like 30 Seconds), which are both facilitated by the unprofessionals.
Late Night Talk Larger than Life is on SABC3 at 10pm from Monday to Thursday.