Talk all the rage at SABC

Quo­tas make it lekker lo­cal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SINOLWAZI APRIL

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.

sinolwazi.april@inl.co.za

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