Donovan David Goliath (true story) is a Caucasian looking coloured guy from Mthatha who speaks Xhosa. As strange as it may sound this is how the multi talented artist rounds off who he is. Born in the Eastern Cape, Goliath left his lucrative advertising hob for a full-time career in comedy.
He has no blood relation to business partners, Kate, Nicholas and Jason Goliath, but he simply shares a passion for the same sector. Book Donovan through Conference Speakers.
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 these life experiences 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 fueled 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, 99% Zulu Comedy, Jou Ma Se Comedy (Cape Town), Mzansi Festival, Kings & Queens of Comedy, Three Kings Comedy and completed a 51 show, 3 month run for LOL at Gold Reef City.
Donovan Goliath – Comedian MC was also nominated in the ‘Newcomer Of The Year Category’ at the 2012 Comics Choice Awards and in the Blackberry Breakthrough category in 2013. Donovan has been a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing on SABC 3 in 2014’s 7th season and recently in 2015, co-presented ‘The Great SA Bake Off’ for BBC South Africa.
Africa’s first premium comedy club, The Goliath Comedy Club launched in April 2016 and designed to give local acts an international quality stage and environment to showcase and enhance their craft while hopefully attracting international acts to South Africa. Creating a hub and home for comedy in South Africa with the right partners is the goal for the Goliath and Goliath team.
The Goliath Comedy Club comprising of all four Goliath’s (Jason, Kate, Nicholas and Donovan Goliath) in association and collaboration with Tony Raciti, owner of The Venue Melrose Arch, has been very successful in creating and positioning the club and Melrose Arch as the premium comedy and lifestyle destination in Africa. They club has already attracted heavy weight comedians such as Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien and Marc Lottering. International visitors such as actor Laurence Fishburne and comic Orlando Jones have also made an appearance and performed at the club.
Donovan Goliath – Comedian MC is a seasoned MC who’s been a staple and regular facilitator, MC and comedian for clients such as Vodacom, Standard Bank and Old Mutual. Follow CSI on Twitter