27th May, 2016

Comedian Dillan Oliphant gave his fellow comics a proper roasting at the debut of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle at Parker’s, Montecasino on Thursday 26 May. The dry-humoured comedian burned stand-ups Chris Forrest and Dusty Rich with a series of scorching one-liners, epic takedowns and blazing insults at the launch of the pioneering new comedy format.

Presided over by acerbic host John Vlismas, the six comedians battled it out in front of a live audience to win the Roast Battle honours, with Dillan Oliphant drawn up against Dusty Rich, Nina Hastie going head to head with Chris Forrest and Nqoba Ngcobo attempting to tear a new one out of Mo Mothebe.

Commented Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Comedy Central, Africa, “All the contestants gave a really strong account of themselves, but Dillan made toast of the other contestants with a series of red hot, original one-liners that floored his opponents and really set the benchmark in our fun, new combat-driven comedy event.”

The inaugural Roast Battle was attended by a host of celebrities including guest judges Orlando Jones, David Kau and Kenny Kunene, alongside news anchor Leanne Manas, Jason Goliath and #YouGotGot “Outlaw” Simmi Areff. Roast Battle will premiere exclusively on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) later in the year.

Here are some of our favorite pics from round 1 of Roast Battle

A jovial Chris "runner up" Forrest

Jason Goliath came to show his support

The legend David Kau was in the building

Nina Hastie handling interviews like a boss

Leanne Mannas was also there...yes she likes a good laugh

Our celebrity guest judge Orlando Jones backstage

Nqoba Ngcobo handling business

Our host: John Vlismas

The winner Dillan Oliphant with the judges and host

The next episode of Comedy Central Roast Battle, featuring Mark Banks, Richelieu Beaunoir and Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, will be recorded in front of a live audience at Parker’s Comedy & Jive, Montecasino on Thursday 30 June. Tickets for the show are available from Computicket, or on the door at Parker’s on 30 June. Tickets are ZAR 150. Doors open at 18:00 CAT. Over 18s only.

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