He’s bringing Jewish back

2011-11-26 11:56

You know the publicity that comes with comedy: “irreverent”, “hilarious”, “no holds barred”.

All of these, and much more, apply to Daniel Friedman, aka Deep Fried Man, in his award-winning one-hander Deeply Fried.

He shuffles on to stage looking coy and unsure of himself. Don’t be fooled.

Within minutes he’s got the audience eating out of his hand, especially after he asks them to stand and sing the national anthem.

Trust me, you have never seen such a brilliant piece of satire as his phonetic guide to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

This is the first of the holy cows he threatens to braai in his press release and roasts with glee during his show.

While you will find the obvious funnyman favourites here – such as the political numbskulls and the celebrity airheads – it’s all about delivery.

Deep Fried Man’s delivery comes by way of his guitar and a series of spoof songs, among them another version of Michael Jackson’s Beat It that would have pleased the King of Pop and which dethrones Weird Al Yankovic’s parody, Eat It.

Gloria Gaynor’s girl power anthem, I Will Survive, becomes Moerse Bribe as he dedicates it to our somewhat shady Metro cops.

There are love songs, soaring ballads and even a couple of rap songs, all of which have one thing in common. They poke fun at everything and everybody who so richly deserves it – rugby, white people, Cyndi Lauper, Jacob Zuma and the Access to Information Bill.

What makes Friedman, whose father is political analyst Stephen Friedman, so good is that he is up to date on his current affairs and he knows how to localise and apply that knowledge.

It’s little wonder this show was given an audience thumbs up with a Standard Bank Ovation Award at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Go see Deep Fried Man, who says he’s bringing Jewish back – and clever satire too.

»Deeply Fried runs at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in Sandton until December 3. 0 011 883 8606

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