Kenny Kunene’s Roast: Look what a big man you are

2014-04-27 15:00

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Kenny Kunene’s Roast is on the box tomorrow. Two #Trending reporters share their thoughts

Charl Blignaut

Here’s how the Roast taping ended: Some little bully boy in short trousers on a school playground yelled: “Join us for the afterparty. It’s in Khanyi’s vagina!”

Hahaha. Drum rolls. Hilarity. Yawn. The 200th vagina joke of the night. How many Google searches does it take to come up with a vagina joke?

Let’s leave Khanyi’s vagina out of it and look at the other big Roast theme: Tumi Morake’s body.

Morake is our first major female stand-up.

Her show HERStory and her menstrual comedy is some of the finest body material around.

She developed it when she returned to varsity in between raising children. She’s large. She contains multitudes.

Did the bully boys go after her work, her fake working class black-girl persona, her marriage to a foreign national, her academic allusions?

Nah. They went for her body shape.

I’m not saying vaginas and fat should be left out of it. I’m wondering why that’s all there was to it.

Probably cos it’s easy. Cos that’s how you get to a woman. You shame her. Look what a big man you are.

Gugulethu Mhlungu

Kenny Kunene’s long-awaited Roast on Comedy Central finally airs tomorrow night.

His life in the limelight – his big ballin’, polygamous lifestyle, his political aspirations, failed clubs and criminal past – offer endless material for any comic.

While there are some genuinely smart comics on the bill, the low-hangingfruit will no doubt once again be the first picked.

“Jokes” about domestic violence, vaginas, penis sizes, fat- and body-shaming.

It would be refreshing to see ­comedians call out Kenny’s own dubious utterances on ­women and sex, and to really probe his politics.

But alas that won’t be as much fun – or as easy – as poking fun at the women he ate sushi off.

Kenny says he hopes the Roast will help bring ­attention to an HIV/Aids project he’s working on in Alexandra. I doubt it. Also not as much fun.

We’re currently seeing the lowest form of wit during the Oscar trial.

A recent joke I saw asked: “On a scale of Chris Brown to Oscar Pistorius, how dangerous is your boyfriend?”

Oh look, a joke about domestic violence.

May the relevant god of better comedy help us all at tomorrow’s Roast.

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