Loving and loathing LNN

2014-09-01 18:45

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While the new season of Late Nite News has Siyabonga Sithole laughing out loud, it fails to tickle Mamello Masote’s funny bone

Loved it: Perfect for our politics

In recent weeks, ­Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe’s foot-in-mouth syndrome led him to make a whole manner of accusations against Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Maphatsoe may be trying to make ­himself Zuma’s next right-hand man.

Of course, Loyiso Gola’s Late Nite News (LNN) did not fail to point out that Maphatsoe is, in fact, missing his right arm. Below the belt, yes. Hilarious? Definitely! It is biting comedy like this that makes LNN so good.

In a vibrant and thriving democracy like ours, you can’t go wrong with topical sketches and satirical news shows. Our political landscape is ripe with material, and Gola and his team are making the most of it.

It is, after all, their constitutional duty to hold leaders comically accountable for their foibles. –?Siyabonga Sithole

Hated it: Bring back PMS show

I was an ardent fan of The Pure Monate Show (PMS), SABC’s adventurous foray into comedy skits. It was legendary. I feel Late Nite News (LNN) is too safe.

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare the two, but the LNN writers seem to take the easy way out. The show is not very thought­provoking and fails to tickle my funny bone.

Where is the comedy value in turning the recent coup attempt in Lesotho into a chat about Koo baked beans? I just don’t find it funny.

I find Loyiso Gola’s monologue dry and unnecessarily loud. It’s a far cry from Inor Alomidom from PMS, whose lines were delivered with unmatched wit.

The show’s saving grace is Chester ­Missing, the puppet who’s become famous for putting politicians in the spotlight. Watching LNN is 20 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.?–?Mamello Masote

Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola


(9.30pm on eNCA) and

Thursdays (8pm on e.tv)

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