Gareth Cliff and Eugene Khoza launched Un-Cancelled, a talk series with live audience

Get Uncancelled: Gareth Cliff and Eugene Khoza launch a new initiative designed to engage and provoke debate 

The candid engagements South Africans used to have on talk  radio and TV chat shows seem to be a thing of the past. Cancel culture has made people afraid to air  their views and, in a country known for its unfettered dialogues on just about every subject, that’s a  pretty sad state of affairs. 

The South African entertainment and lifestyle scene is changing. Cancel culture has made people  afraid to air their views and, in a country known for its unfettered dialogues on just about every  subject, that’s a pretty sad state of affairs. There are not enough places to keep diverse audiences  engaged and included in discourse that affects our lives.  

Having launched CliffCentral some years ago for this very reason – uncensored, unscripted…unradio – the irreverent Gareth Cliff is now expanding this offering to include a live monthly event with an audience, raising the bar when it comes to thought provoking content.  

Co-produced by award-winning comedian and writer, Eugene Khoza, the new current affairs and  entertainment series will open the floodgates on pent-up views about life without electricity to  hilarious human behaviour.  

“It’s about the most topical issues in South Africa and around the world,” says Gareth, “and to get  people talking! We want to encourage progressive thinking and spark debate; whether they agree or  disagree!”  

The Weekly ‘Cliffhanger’ topics will feed into a monthly event called Gareth Cliff unCancelled, which  will be a live, ticketed show held at a venue and featuring local and international guests.  

“It’ll follow a similar format to the Joe Rogan Experience and Real Time with Bill Maher,” says  Eugene. “We’ll bring our own unique flavour to it, of  course, but the objective will be to ask, engage and inspire thought-provoking exchanges.”  

The first guest on UNCANCELLED was the embattled broadcaster Unathi Nkayi, who was fired from  Kaya 959 in 2021 after an alleged argument with a colleague. She has also recently hung up her mic  at the community radio station, Star 91.9 FM, where she and Justin Toerien have been co-hosting All  Star Drive for the past year. 

The confab between Gareth and Unathi will take place before a live audience and will be the  headliner in a show that will feature a balance of comedy, current affairs, and real life. And, as we  know, Gareth will be doing things differently. These won’t be interviews like any others; he’ll be  asking his guests for their opinions and engaging them in frank discussion on all sorts of issues. And  here’s the kicker: the audience can participate in the conversation

“We want to get people thinking but we also want to entertain them and, especially, for them to be  an integral part of the show,” says Gareth. “Since Zoom became the default way of communicating,  people are hungry to sit face-to-face again and have real conversations”.  

“Too many things are going unquestioned in the world today. We’re afraid to share our opinions for  fear of being unpopular or, ultimately, of being cancelled. So we’ve set out to create a space for  curious and inquisitive people who’re piqued by unconventional thinking and conversations.”  

So, as the saying goes, what/watch this space! 

By Pontsho Ngwato 

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