New Comedy Roast Set for 2013

This week we heard the news that a second Comedy Roast will hit our screens courtesy of Comedy Central. Check it out…

For this year’s Roast, Comedy Central has teamed up with Nando’s in a partnership designed to add even more flavour to the most talked-about comedy event of the year.

This year’s Comedy Central Roast will be held in September 2013 and broadcast on Comedy Central on National Braai Day, Tuesday 24 September, at 21:00 CAT.  And as for this year’s Roastee? Who will it be? Comedy Central’s not saying – at least not for now – although a Twitter poll taken by Comedy Central prior to the 2012 Roast stirred up lots of suggestions in terms of who might be the best candidate … Julius Malema, Gareth Cliff, Herschelle Gibbs, Nonhle Thema, Riaan Cruywagen, Danny K, President Zuma, Oscar Pistorius, Helen Zille and hapless “Roaster” Kuli Roberts were all put in the frame by South African comedy fans at one time or another.

Says Ashley Stansfield, advertising and PR manager for Nando’s South Africa: “The Comedy Central Roast is a perfect sponsorship opportunity for Nando’s, because, like us, they take their work seriously – but not themselves. We love the idea of firing up the Roast and look forward to adding spice to the partnership.”


The 2012 Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr was a landmark TV and entertainment event which saw controversial singer, actor, poet and polemicist Steve Hofmeyr well and truly spitted by Trevor, Casper de Vries, John Vlismas, Anele Mdoda, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Robert Whitehouse, David Kau, Kuli Roberts and Minki van der Westhuizen.

Comic provocation, good-natured ribbing, outrageous anecdotes (true and false) and some genuinely barbed remarks made the Roast great watching on both TV and video – achieving Comedy Central’s highest TV rating ever, and selling thousands of units on DVD.

Highlights of the show, taped in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg, included Hofmeyr arriving on set in a blinged-out, pimped-up “ossewa” or ox wagon to the unapologetically triumphal strains of Baas van die Plaas. A gleefully wicked stint as Roastmaster by comedian Trevor Noah, a supremely catty dissection of the singer by Casper de Vries, and sharp exchanges between John Vlismas and Hofmeyr – which ended in Hofmeyr literally cramming Vlismas’ script down his throat – rounded out the event.

Comedy Central Roasts are stand-out TV comedy events that have featured famous names from the worlds of entertainment, media, business and celebrity. US Roastees who have previously settled their eminent posteriors on the infamous Roast hot seat include: Roseanne Arnold, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Denis Leary and Flava Flav. Who will the face of the next Comedy Roast be for 2013? Only time will tell…

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