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Riaad Moosa

Riaad Moosa, a silver medallion graduate of the College of Magic in Cape Town, started his comedy career as a comedy magician. Regularly enchanting people with his special blend of magic and comedy, he was presented with the Comedy Magic award at the Centre for the Magical Arts in Cape Town. He performed at many birthday parties where he was constantly tormented by uncles-who-think-they’re-funny asking him, “Hey, Mr. Magician, you gonna make my wife disappear?” That’s genius that…

Riaad, who is also a qualified medical doctor (Yes, really), started doing standup comedy while still studying at the University of Cape Town Medical School. He was an instant hit, receiving rave reviews at his first show. But then again, he failed his first chemistry test at UCT in Jameson hall. He claims he was distracted by the birds.

Riaad started performing stand-up at the Cape Comedy Collective's free Comedy Lab workshops, and just two months later he was the winner of the hotly contested One City, Many Comics Talent Competition held as part of the One City Festival in September 1999. Since then, Riaad has mended his ways and does not endorse bribery anymore.

Riaad’s humor is based on his experiences as a young Muslim relating to post-911 Islamaphobia (sounds fun doesn’t it), growing up in Cape Town and general observational and opinion-based humour. Skirting around the relatively taboo topics with charm and ease this comedy doctor will split your sides and keep you in stitches at the same time.

Now, a regular headliner on comedy circuits all over South Africa, Riaad is also a sought after act for the bigger productions. He has starred in the Alex Jay 5fm Comedy Jams and Real Concert’s Winston King Size Comedy shows, headlining the Sprite Soul Comedy Jams in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

In September 2006 Riaad Moosa performed his first one-man show “Strictly Halaal” at the Nelson Mandela Civic theatre. The run was sold out a week before it started and 5 extra shows over one weekend were added to meet the huge public demand.

In November 2006 he continued the tour in Durban at the International convention Centre and in March 2007 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre packing both houses to capacity and adding on extra shows.

He repeated the run in Johannesburg in May 2007 and made a DVD. There was a DVD out already, but he didn’t make it. It’s just a lot of Indians come to his show and they have cell phone cameras. Riaad did a show in Durban once – after the show there were bootleg DVD’s of his show available in the foyer.

In 2008 Riaad appeared alongside Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz in the hit variety comedy show “3 Wise Men.” The show was directed by David Kramer and was one of the fastest selling shows in 2008.

His 2009 one-man show, "Riaad Moosa for the Baracka", received great acclaim.

What our clients say ...

"Riaad's performance was brilliant - he manages both a crowd or a small group of people with great ease and charm, and get a positive atmosphere going very quickly. Riaad keeo this sustained throughout his performance. We thoroughly enjoyed working with him - thank you!"
Ilona Smart, Regional Business Manager, Novartis
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