Donovan Goliath may have started out as an art director in the South African advertising industry but has found a home for his creativity in comedy. Born and raised in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Donovan has been making national strides from his home base in Johannesburg, where he settled after studying art and design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, With Jason Goliath and his cousin, Nicholas, he also founded Goliath and Goliath.
Recently, he created a video skit called What If Jason Statham Drove A South African Taxi. He then went onto Thomas Msengana’s Saturday show on 5FM and impersonated Statham so convincingly that many thought the British actor was in town to promote his new film, Spy.
Chatting to Donovan about what prompted the skit, he says” I’ve always been a huge fan of impressions and doing them. I think they are what give me the edge in my stand up comedy routine. I love the detail in mimicking characters from their voice to little mannerisms in the way they move their hands and change facial expressions. I’ve realised that in this digital day and age, if you want to stay relevant and talked about, you have to give people as much content as possible. People live on their phones these days and you have to be in that world. By giving people shareable user generated content keeps me relevant, interesting and gets my name out there. Free advertising and promotion every time they share a post.”
To follow that up, Donovan has put out another video, The Joker Uses Zambuk. I’m looking forward to seeing what else he comes up with. He is also a dope illustrator.