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.
Being one of the first members of the Cape Comedy Collective, he became a regular headliner on the comedy circuit during his rookie year, where he was also invited to perform on Pieter Dirk Uys’s “Evita Live and Dangerous” E-TV comedy show.
Alongside comedians David Levinson and Paul Snodgrass, he performed to sold-out shows (Basically only the first show was sold out. Ok not really sold out. It was full on the opening night and they gave away a lot of comps) in his debut stand-up comedy theatre production “The Paracomics” at Artscape in Cape Town.
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.
He supported Marc Curry of “Hanging with Mr. Cooper” fame, rocking the crowd at the Durban Playhouse in 2001. In 2002, he supported Russel Peters in his show “Made in India” at the Luxurama theatre where he received excellent reviews from his parents and critics alike.
In 2002, Riaad was part of the largest stand-up show in the history of South African television “Laugh out Loud”, where he joined nine of SA’s top comics to raise half a million Rand (about $5) for the “Reach for a Dream” foundation.
In 2003, Riaad performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, headlining in the “Cape Comedy Collective -The new South Africa stands up” production. During his month at the festival he performed with the top comedians (Ok, not with – he performed relatively near them. The top guys were in one theatre and Riaad was in another – close to the toilet.) on the planet, displaying his special brand of South African humour on a world stage.
In 2004, he was a writer and performer for SABC 1’s the “Pure Monate Show”, which achieved cult status amongst the South African urban youth. Riaad also recently featured in the “Crazy Monkey – Straight outta Benoni” movie – one of the biggest grossing SA Movies in 2005…he had one line in the movie – impressive.
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.
It is important to note that Riaad still gives good medical advice – advice that will save your life – Go see another doctor – he can’t remember buggerall. His opinion is - get a second one. He has decided to give his full attention to his first love…comedy.
Ok his second love – his first love is his wife Fuz. (Disclaimer - She didn’t make him write this.)
* The man is, quite simply, the funniest comedian in SA at the moment - Alex Jay
* Riaad was outstanding- I can honestly say he is now my NR 1 comedian- he is histerically funny.
Tanya Schmidt - Eastern Sun Events