Steve Hofmeyr agrees to be ‘roasted’ in comedy show

2012-07-11 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL and outspoken songwriter and actor Steve Hofmeyr has agreed to be the recipient of Comedy Central’s first national celebrity roast on September 24.

The roast, which will be recorded in front of a live audience at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg on September 11, will see Hofmeyr verbally bruised and abused at the hands of a yet-to-be-announced squad of South African comedic icons, family and friends, with anything but his best interests at heart.

Comedy Central Roasts feature the good-natured ridicule of famous names, ending with a rebuttal from the roastee.

Hofmeyr will have to face an embarrassing and intentionally provocative onslaught — the ammunition for which is ample considering his long, active and well-publicised career.

“You could say I’ve been fuelling the flames of this Roast for a long time,” said Hofmeyr.

Said Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa: “Steve has done more than his fair share to keep the media busy over the years, and he has assured us that nothing will be off-limits to this roast.

“His ability to court controversy and to polarise opinion makes Steve truly roast-worthy!”

Within minutes of the announcement, discussion on social networking sites was in overdrive, with Comedy Central’s African twitter page seeing its biggest spike in new followers, while the channel’s Facebook page saw a 600% growth in user-base.

Tickets are expected to go on sale at Computicket on July 23, coinciding with the announcement of the “roasters”. Among those expected and cheered for are Barry Hilton, Loyiso Gola, Trevor Noah and even ex-Springbok coach Peter de

Villiers.

To propose your suggestions for the roastmaster and the roasters, go to @comedy

centralAF (#RoastZA) and hash- tag your entry.

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