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


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

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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.