Johannesburg, 20 July 2012:  Preparations for the “Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” (#RoastZA) are warming up nicely as Comedy Central (@ComedyCentralAF) reveals that tickets for the sizzling hot comedy event go on sale on Monday 23 July at 15:30 CAT.

To encourage comedy fans to buy tickets to the must-see show, the channel has revealed three of the eight celebrity Roasters who will feature in the show: top comedians Casper de Vries (@casperrasper)and John Vlismas (@fortyshort), and outspoken entertainment journalist Kuli Roberts (@kuliroberts)will all be tasked with delivering barbed comments, cutting jokes and outrageous tributes to Hofmeyr (@steve_hofmeyr), the evergreen actor, musician, talk show host, activist, poet and bloggerwho polarises opinion across South Africa

Comedy Central will release details of the celebrity Roastmaster and five other Roasters in due course.

The Comedy Central Roast Of Steve Hofmeyr will be recorded at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg on 11 September 2012 in front of a live audience.  A limited number of tickets for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” will go on sale at from 15:30 CAT on Monday 23 July, priced 350 ZAR (see note to editor for details). 

Commented Casper de Vries, “I'm very excited! I’ve got my marinade, I’ve got my recipe: all we need now is the Roast!”

De Vries continued, “I have been friends with Steve since the dawn of time.  We’re not best buddies, but do see each other from time to time and respect one another.  I am a big fan of the Comedy Central Roastsand I have seen nearly every single one.  I think I’m ready and love the format of these Roasts.  It would be beneficial for the Roastee (Steve) to be on an intravenous supply of alcohol or something similar, because these Roasts do tend to get bitchy with an orgy of puns and friendly insults.  Somehow, I don’t think Steve would mind an orgy... “

Said Kuli Roberts, “I am honoured to be recognized as a valuable member of the South African Personalities Guild. S*** - wrong speech. Anyhoo, I like Steve and this will, be hard. But since I like hard, this should be fun.”

In an open letter to Steve Hofmeyr, John Vlismas wrote:

Dear Mr Hofmeyr

As a professional humorist, it is with baited breath and huge gratitude that I accepted the invitation to heap scorn and humiliation upon you at the below mentioned appointment.

I know you feel that I am not that funny, well, I suppose we all have an opinion. I have chosen to save mine for the Lyric Theatre stage. I look forward to full disclosure thereof thereon.

All the best to you and your family, wherever they may be.


Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central in Africa, “We are delighted that Casper, John and Kuli are joining us for the first Comedy Central Roast in Africa.   Steve Hofmeyr may think he has a tough hide but he's going to need Kevlar to get through this Roast unscathed!”

The The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” will premiere on TV on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) on Monday 24 September 2012 at 21:00 CAT.

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To get into the mood for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” check out our other hilarious Comedy Central Roasts starting with “The Comedy Central Roast of Flava Flav” on Monday 6 August at 20:05 CAT and every Monday night until the premiere “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” on 24 September.

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