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Humans of coffee: Donovan Goliath

Who is Donovan Goliath?

Are you sure you guys have enough space for this? Most people now know me as a stand up comedian but I’m an all round holistic creative. I draw, I do large scale religious oil paintings for rural churches, I was in a rap group in Mthatha called Outbreak and my alias was Acid Rain, I’m an ex ad guy who worked as an art director at Network BBDO and I’m a supermodel (Ok I’m not but you’re probably thinking I could be right?) I’m a storyteller. I love people, I love exploring and taking ideas and what I’ve learnt and turning that into stories in what ever medium I think works best.

What is your best childhood memory?

Winning a backpack full of Colleen pencil crayons and Status Ivory Tusk deodorant at a Sales House talent competition where I rapped.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

I wish I would’ve travelled more, made more mistakes and been more spontaneous in my twenties.


What do you feel most proud of?

What my team Goliath and Goliath has accomplished in a short space of time. We went from being a team of stand up comedians hustling to get more gigs to owning our own comedy club.

If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?

  • My phone because well Instagram and stuff.
  • A great pair of sneakers because you gotta stay fly yo.
  • A crucifix my dad gave me which was given to him as a kid by his dad. That’s self explanatory.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Here lies Donovan Goliath. He’s probably going to come back to haunt us when he finds out what font and layout we used for this tombstone.


What is Goliath and Goliath?

It’s a comedy brand/agency made up of myself, Jason Goliath, Nicholas Goliath and our manager Kate Goliath. We are stand up comedians, corporate specialists, actors, MCs and general entertainers who run comedy gigs around JHB and have recently opened a coffee shop/cafe and comedy club in Melrose Arch.

What’s your favorite kind of coffee?

Cortados are my all time favorite


In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

Roast Cafe, Naked Coffee, Warm and Glad or Whippet

What does a perfect day look like?

Waking up next to Scarlett Johannson who brings me a cortado and tells me she’s lucky to have me. I’m kidding (coughs). Spending time doing nothing with friends and family is what I love most. I also love when I have time to just write material, paint, read and learn.

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