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“You could call this third try lucky, if you want,” said Loyiso Gola speaking about his show Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola (pictured).
The comedian was referring to the fact that his TV show has finally been nominated for an International Emmy in in the comedy category. It appears the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences has finally succumbed to the submissions Gola and team have sending in over the years.
“We have tried twice before, but they did not give us a response. So I am excited that at least now we got something right and the inter-national stamp on our show. From day one we hoped to make this show acceptable on an international level,” he said.
Part of his excitement may also come from the fact that although they submitted their show to the Emmys for nomination, he did not expect to score one.
“I had a fight with my producer and the researcher over which episode we should send in. I lost that fight so I ended up losing interest in what would happen because I was sure we would not make an impression. It turns out I was wrong,” he said.
But for a show that started on shaky ground, there were many changes that the LNN team had to implement over the years to get the formula right.
“It was a growing process for us so we did some tweaks here and there with each season. For instance, in the first episode of the first season we had about 10 to 12 stories, but now we are on the eighth season and are covering only two to three stories. This helps us expand more on one story than what we did before,” he explained.
“We also wanted to make the sketches funny so we worked hard on the material to achieve this goal.”
If you are a fan of the show you’ll be aware of some of the newer additions, including the beloved puppet Chester Missing. Considering that this puppet is just as inflammatory as those from the banned Z-News, it is intriguing that Missing got past the censors.
“I can’t speak for fans or commissioning editors. I just think that our presentation separates us from other shows of the same genre. We have had our legal issues over the years, but we came out fine,” Gola said.
The 41st International Emmy Awards will be held on November 25 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
• LNN, Wednesdays, 9.30pm on eNCA (DStv channel 403) and Thursdays, 8pm on e.tv.