Founder of GOLIATH AND GOLIATH The Box at Maboneng PopArt Theatre and Parents who name their kid Donovan David Goliath (true story) must surely expect that the internal conflicts caused by giving their son such a name would lead him into comedy one day. And, when he leaves a lucrative advertising job for a full time career in comedy, they only have themselves to blame. But comedy audiences are happy about it, even if his folks are not.
Donovan David Goliath’s bedtime stories about growing up in the Transkei as a coloured boy who looks white but speaks fluent Xhosa are more funny than scary. In fact, it’s this life experience that launched him into comedy in the first place. It all began on the 26th September 2010 where he did his first ever 4min 35sec set at the Comedy Underground in Melville.
People laughed and rolled on the floor and there were rear ends lying everywhere. This inspired him to keep writing and performing harder, better, faster, stronger. And it’s been a great ride since. It’s safe to say that most of his success thus far has been fuelled by his dad’s motto: “Work the hardest. Be yourself.” His act is based around insightful storytelling and simple truths using various characters and impersonations.
As a relatively new comic on the circuit, he has rocked stages and fesses all over the country including Blacks Only, Soweto Comedy Festival, 99% Xhosa Comedy (East London), Zulu Comedy Corner (Durban), Jou Ma Se Comedy (Cape Town), Mzansi Fela Festival, AWEdnesday Comedy Jam, The Box, Tshwane Comedy Nights and completed a 51 show, 3 month run for LOL at Gold Reef City. He is also a nominee in the ‘Newcomer Of The Year Category’ for the 2012 Comics Choice Awards and in 2013 and 2014 he was nominated in the Breakthrough category as well. Donovan was also a contestant on the widely popular SABC 3’s Strictly Come Dancing. Donovan has just signed on to be co host of the Great South African Bake Off premiering on the 6th of October 2015.
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