Suhayl Essa

Comedian - Johannesburg
Suhayl Essa


Suhayl Essa is a qualified medical doctor with a funny bone. He began stand up comedy 6 years ago performing across South Africa whilst making time to save lives in his spare time.

Suhayl has featured on multiple Comedy Central shows including Guy Code as well as Kagiso Lediga's Late Night sketch show with Hugh Masakela: "The Bantu Hour". After a mere 2 performances he was introduced to a legend and thus became one of the opening acts for Riaad Moosa's one man show: "Doctor's Orders". More recently, Suhayl has opened for Best Comic of the Year Carvin Goldstone in Durban as well as two time Emmy nominated, London-based and Netflix’s first African comedian Loyiso Gola at the Grahamstown Arts Festival 2017.

In September 2017; Mr Gola invited Suhayl to travel to London to dazzle audiences at various clubs which included the world renowned Backyard Comedy Club as well as Up the Creek Comedy

Club which proved to be a highlight of his career.

Another highlight includes becoming a finalist in the Comedy Central Grab the Mic competition at Parker's Comedy Club. This caught the attention of comedy legend David Kau who invited him to join his select crew of South Africa’s finest comedians on the Blacks Only nationwide tour in 2019. DJ Fresh witnessed his performances at these shows and requested his performance at the Oh Ship festival later that year.

After a run of successful, sold-out, nationwide shows in 2021 through some of the less travelled towns in South Africa including Zeerust, Mafikeng, Polokwane, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg and ending off in Cape Town. Suhayl strives from strength to strength to bring his unique brand of comedy to everyone.

As a newcomer, he finds that comedy is a creative outlet to express himself and speaking in third person is acceptable when writing a biography about oneself. He firmly believes that laughter is mostly the best medicine.


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