"There's nothing wrong with imaginary friends, the problem comes when your imaginary friends start having imaginary friends"
Lihle Msimang is recognised for pranking unsuspecting citizens on the streets of South Africa (alongside funny man, TolAssMo) in the MTV show You Got Got, 28-year old, Lihle Msimang proves that ‘you’re not a real comedian, if you’re not an actor as well.” A statement that is both literal and figurative in Lihle’s case.
Having started out her comedy career in 2011 when she beat the likes of Dillan Oliphant and Gavin Kelly at the Nando’s Comedy Showdown, Lihle has an impressive track record under her belt. From the stage to TV and the big screen, Lihle Msimang proves that she is a superstar in the making.
Known for her vibrancy and wit, Lihle is an observational comic, a social commentator of sorts. She grew up in Meadlowlands, Soweto but was exposed to diverse cultures growing up (her parents worked hard to put her in a good school) and she uses her upbringing and observations about life to entertain her audiences.
Six years into the business, this award-winning young and funny comedian and actress, has shared the stage with international acts the likes of Pablo Francisco and Mark Curry. She has also performed with the cream of the crop of South African talent at comedy clubs around the country.
She has also featured in various prestigious stand-up comedy events including 99% Zulu Comedy (where she headlined), Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, Outland Festival, Goliath & Goliath Comedy Club and Blacks Only Comedy.
She has also been a main feature in the African circuit having also performed at the HIFA Comedy Festival (Zimbabwe) and Gaborone International Culture Week (Botswana), as well has having performed abroad in some of the world’s most prestigious comedy clubs in New York and London.
While honoured about being featured as one of Elle Magazine’s Top 5 Female Comedians in 2013, Lihle’s response is simple: “I’m not a female comedian, I’m a comedian.”
When Lihle is not on stage, she can be seen in various comedy shows, films and live DVDs. Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance Arts and Filmmaking, Lihle graduated from AFDA in 2011.
Lihle was also the face behind Cadbury’s 5 Star ad campaign. She starred in (and helped edit) the feature SA film, Triple O, The Mime Artist (female lead), The Beauty Contest, Kagiso Lediga’s The Opening Guys and Zabalaza, which she calls her “most challenging role to date.” Lihle also wrote for and was the presenter on Laugh Out Loud, which aired on Mzansi Magic.
2017 will see Lihle featuring in the feature film Abo Chomee and the Comedy Central ‘Oh Ship’ sketch show. Most recently she got in touch with her inner genius, with Thapelo Hlophe, as the co-host of Nickelodeon’s fun TV quiz, Nickledeon’s Genius.
Lihle Msimang recently joined the PG Comics team alongside Chris Forrest, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Mojak Lehoko, Hannes Brummer and Warren Robertson.
A guaranteed laugh-out-loud character and a fine talent in the growing industry in South Africa, Lihle Msimang is one to watch out for.