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2013-05-16 12:36

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Funny guy Deep Fried Man loves local wines – but steers clear of bubbly…

He’s busy with a new show that he’s hoping to take to the Edinburgh Festival this year – and his award-wining debut one-man show ‘Deeply Fried’ is available on DVD.

So where does this funnyman get his inspiration?

He reads newspapers, observes what’s going on around him and when he needs a creative boost, Daniel Friedman pours himself a glass of good wine.

‘I only started drinking the decent stuff when I left Rhodes University,’ he says, adding that as a student he used to swallow cheap plonk.

Even though he’s graduated from papsak to more distinguished vintages, Daniel says he is still no connoisseur.

‘My friend Bobby guides me through a lot of my choices, and when I don’t know something I call him up. I’m just a guy who enjoys a drink,’ he laughs.

On his wine journey, Daniel has had his share of bad experiences.

‘I never drink sparkling wine, not even expensive Champagne, because of a university incident when I got violently sick,’ he admits.

These days Daniel counts Raka wines among his favourites. ‘I love their Biography Shiraz because it’s well priced, local and goes down very well.’

He says his material has always been very South African. ‘So now I’m trying to be an international comedian – writing material that makes people around the world laugh. It’s a challenge,’ he says.

And the name of his new show?

‘Why don’t we let i Magazine readers suggest something to me on Twitter (@deepfriedman)? I have no clue at this point,’ he laughs.

To order a copy of his DVD, call

011 482 3550.

Signature style

‘The hat and bow tie I wear on stage. It’s very Charlie Chaplin.’

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