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Riaad Moosa

MC | Comedian

Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most popular and acclaimed comedians with a style of his own and a coveted Comics Choice Award (2011) to his name. Riaad, also a practicing medical doctor, is known as “the Comedy Doctor”, who certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills: a healthy dose of laughter, “straight up – hold the aspirin”.

This busy stand-up comic’s schedule is packed with a combination of one-man show runs (usually sold out) which have included “Strictly Halaal” and “Riaad Moosa For The Baracka”, collaborations and productions like the hit variety comedy show “3 Wise Men” (in which he starred with Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz), corporate events and media engagements. Riaad is a regular presenter of a segment entitled “The Second Opinion – with Dr Riaad Moosa” on the E-News channel’s satirical news programme “Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola”, and has appeared in various TV and film productions, such as “Laugh Out Loud” (SA’s largest stand-up comedy show); he was also a writer and performer for SABC 1’s “Pure Monate Show”, which achieved cult status amongst South Africa’s urban youth; and he starred in one of 2005’s highest grossing movies “Crazy Monkey – Straight Outta Benoni”.

His standout stand-up comedy skills were recently included in the DVD for the successful “Blacks Only” comedy shows, along with other local comedians; and he also featured in the Anant Singh/John Vlismas produced comedy-collective feature film “Outrageous”, which played at cinemas nationwide in 2009, and was released on DVD. Riaad was one of the headline acts along with SA’s other top comedians (including Trevor Noah, David Kau, John Vlismas, Tumi Morake and Marc Lottering) supporting international superstar Eddie Izzard for the 46664 “It’s No Joke” concert in 2010.