Jason Goliath Biography: Family, Career, Love Life And Controversy

Funny man with a big personality

By  | Dec 09, 2019, 11:30 AM

Jason Goliath is an actor, comedian, radio and TV presenter and a businessman.

The funny man continues to make audiences laugh, even when he is cast in a supporting role.

This is his biography.

Jason’s Early Life


Jason Rory Goliath was born in Johannesburg on 15 November.

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Growing up, Jason learnt an impressive work ethic from his mother and her long career. He started working as a marketing manager, an insurance broker and went into sales, before realizing that comedy is what he actually wanted to do.

Jason Tickles Funny Bone With His Career And Wins


Jason gained nationwide fame as the loveable Gatiep, in a recurring role for the sitcom Ses’Top La.

Even with his comedic TV roles, it’s clear comedy is his first love, and one he keeps on returning to. Even though it all started out as a hobby for Jason, often called the Strangely Sexy Fat Guy.

Performing at corporate gigs and appearances at comedy clubs, he was one of the featured acts at the 2012 Comedy Central Presents… Live @ Parker’s.

Diversifying his career and establishing himself as a true entertainer, Jason was one of the celebrity contestants in the 2015 edition of the hit reality TV competition show Strictly Come Dancing. Alongside his partner, professional dancer Samantha Bele Viana, Jason impressed with his dance moves, but not enough to win the title at the end of the season. 

This was a big year for Jason, as he received an exclusive invitation to represent the whole continent of Africa, at the annual Just For Laughs Festival, which takes place in Canada.

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He has also performed at other leading comedic shows, including Blacks Only, Kings and Queens of Comedy, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland.

His stint as a reality TV dancer was followed up with presenting duties, as he hosted the late-night talk show Larger Than Life, where he got to hang out with celebrity pals, old and new, and got to ask them some very tough questions, offering the live studio audience plenty of laughs.

Jason teamed up with three other Goliath comedians Donovan, Nicholas and Kate. Together, the comedic quattro launched their own company Goliath and Goliath, which also saw them open their own comedy club, The Goliath Comedy Club, which also gave up and coming comedians the perfect platform to fine tune their act. Donovan is the only one of the comedians not related to the other, Jason and Kate are siblings, and Nicholas their cousin.

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Jason, who works super-hard with comedy, presenting, doing TV ads and hosting corporate gigs, has been rewarded. He won the Best Newcomer award in 2012 and in 2013, 2014 and 2015 won the Breakthrough Act at the Comics Choice Awards.

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In 2019, Jason also made big moves on radio and TV. He returned to radio as a co-host of the breakfast show on Kaya FM, alongside David O’Sullivan and Thabiso Sikwane. He also lent his funny bone as a team captain alongside TV personality Ayanda Thabethe, on the game show Celebrity Game Night, hosted by radio presenter Anele Mdoda.

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It was also announced that Jason was cast in the BET comedy show Black Tax, alongside Isidingo’s Jo-Anne Reyneke and Mandla Jwara, with the show expected to premier to audiences across Africa in January 2020.

Jason Falls In Love, Says “I Do”


In 2019, Jason and his bride, a media publicist Sian Bailey, made headlines with their off-beat wedding attire, when they said their I Do’s in front of close friends and family.

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Dressed in jeans, sneakers and matching T-shirts with bride and groom printed on it, the couple jetted off into the sunset for a second ceremony in the Maldives. White sandy beaches, a beautiful wedding gown and each other, Jason and Sian vowed their eternal love to each other in a second ceremony and honeymoon.

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The couple, who’ve been dating for several years, got engaged in 2017, when Jason went down on one knee and popped the question. And the proposal itself was something Jason worked on for a while, wanting to make it special for both of them.

Jason’s Love For Cars


When you work as hard as Jason does, it becomes important to spoil yourself every now and then.

Jason and his wife Sian are both obsessed with cars, especially the classics. Cars were a huge part of Jason's proposal, and in true Fast and Furious style, the couple also enjoy spinning.

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His car collection includes a BMW M3, and a classic 635 CSI Turbo, a vehicle he is rebuilding and part of his passion project.

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Jason Causes Controversy On Twitter Streets


In 2019, when South Africans voiced their anger on social media about the abuse women suffer, Jason was quick to call out Lalla Hirayama, when reports surfaced that her ex-boyfriend Chris Nkosi was an alleged abuser.

Lalla reacted by releasing her own statement detailing the abuse she suffered during her long-term relationship with Chris. Many tweeps raised their disappointment in Jason for dragging Lalla into this.

Realising the error of his ways, Jason offered Lalla an apology, admitting that it was his initial anger that made him react as he did.

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