Riaad Moosa is an Indian-born South African comedian, actor and doctor of Indian-Malay descent.
Moosa started doing stand-up on campus during his fourth year at University of Cape Town. He started performing stand-up at the Cape Comedy Collective’s free Comedy Lab workshops, and just two months later, he was the winner of the “One City, Many Comics Talent Competition” held as part of the One City Festival in September 1999. He became a regular headliner on the comedy circuit during his first year, where he was also invited to perform on Pieter-Dirk Uys’s Evita Live and Dangerous e.tv comedy show. In 2000, he came to prominence on the comedy-club circuit in Cape Town.
Moosa has starred in the Alex Jay 5FM Comedy Jams and Real Concert’s Winston King Size Comedy Show, headlining the Sprite Soul Comedy Jams in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. In 2001, he supported Marc Curry of Hanging with Mr. Cooper fame at the Durban Playhouse. In 2002, he supported Russell Peters in his show Made in India at the Luxurama theatre. In 2003, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, headlining in the Cape Comedy Collective – The new South Africa Stands Up production.
His previous sold-out one-man shows include Strictly Halaal and Riaad Moosa For The Baracka, and Three Wise Men and Three Wiser Men, the hit comedy shows created by David Kramer.
From September 2006 to March 2007, Moosa had a schedule of sold-out one-man show runs like Strictly Halaal and Riaad Moosa For The Baracka in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town during its first run. Both shows prompted extended runs until May 2007, and were also released on DVD. In 2006, Moosa also appeared in the Heavyweight Comedy Jam in London. He was also featured at corporate events and media engagements.
In 2007, Riaad toured South Africa with the American Muslim comedy troupe, Allah Made Me Funny, doing the Make Love Not War show. South African Muslim comedian Halal Bilal performed with them on this, his first big tour since he started performing with Riaad a month before.
In 2008, Riaad appeared alongside Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz, in the variety comedy show 3 Wise Men, directed by David Kramer.
His stand-up comedy was included in the DVD for the Blacks Only comedy shows, along with other local comedians. He featured in the Anant Singh and John Vlismas produced comedy-collective feature film Outrageous, which played at cinemas nationwide in 2009, and was released on DVD in April 2010.
In February 2010, Moosa was one of the headline acts along with other South African comedians (including Trevor Noah, David Kau, John Vlismas, Tumi Morake and Marc Lottering). He supported Eddie Izzard for the 46664 It’s No Joke concert.
In November 2012, he performed Keeping You in Stitches comedy show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
In October 2013, he started his Doctor’s Orders tour in South Africa.
Moosa took part in South African national comedy tour, Just Funny Festival, where he hosted Azhar Usman, Mo Amer and Preacher Moss (Allah Made Me Funny). In January and February 2013, Moosa performed at the Baxter Theatre with a show called What’s Next. Later in the year, he went on his “Doctor’s Orders Tour” throughout South Africa, Africa and the United Kingdom.