Roastmaster Trevor Noah and Roasters Casper de Vries, Kuli Roberts, Shaleen Surti-Richards, Anele Mdoda, David Kau, Minki van der Westhuizen and John Vlismas queued up to hurl dubious tributes and hilarious slurs at Steve Hofmeyr - introduced by Noah as the "most loved and hated man in SA" - during the comedy spectacular at The Lyric Theatre on Tuesday 11 September.
The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr premieres on Comedy Central (DStv Premium, channel 122) on 24 September 2011.
The Roast had the audience rocking with laughter and the Twitterverse ablaze from the minute that Hofmeyr triumphantly entered the stage aboard an oswaga pulled by eight leggy Blue Bulls cheerleaders to a deafening chorus from his hit track, "Baas Van Die plaas" ("Boss of the Farm").
Highlights of the hard-hitting comedy evening included a running gag between Trevor Noah and David Kau about stealing jokes, which Kau won resolutely. Addressing Noah (who famously appeared on the Jay Leno show earlier this year), Kau said, "People are always asking me when I am going to appear on Jay Leno, but I tell them, I don't need to go on it - my jokes have already appeared on Leno."
A dapper, kilt-clad actor Robert Whitehead, a.k.a Isidingo's notorious villain Barker Haines, set the tone for the evening, flashing at Hofmeyr and getting the audience rocking with laughter by reading through a mock "contract" which allegedly listed all the rude names he wasn't permitted to call the Roastee.
Acerbic comic John Vlismas kicked off his own "tribute" by parodying Mark Anthony's famous speech from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, commencing with the phrase, "I come to bury Steve, not to praise him", before going on to mock Hofmeyr's infamous protest against Bono when he threw 5,000 Rand worth of U2 tickets in the Jukskei river.
Shaleen Surti-Richards used her speech to reveal a hitherto unsuspected crush on Hofmeyr, expressing her regret that the reputed womaniser had never tried it on with her on the set of Egoli when they worked together. Surti-Richards finished her speech with a flourish by flinging a giant pair of ladies knickers at the singer.
Journalist and Headlines entertainment reporter Kuli Roberts riffed on the subject of Hofmeyr's musical success, as SA's best-selling artist by asking the question, "Who the |…] is buying these records?"
Swimsuit model Minki van der Westhuizen crowned her speech - in which she reminisced about being chatted up by Hofmeyr at the age of 18 - by thanking Hofmeyr, saying "If it wasn't for you, I'd be the dumbest blond in South African showbusiness."
A blue-suited Hofmeyr, restrained throughout the show to a souped-up braai (provocatively tricked out in the colours of the flag of the old Republic), appeared to take the endless ribbing in good humour, smiling through japes about his broken marriage, his serial infidelity, his illegitimate children, his right-wing politics, his derivative singing style and his outdated fashion sense. The singer looked like losing his cool only once - during John Vlismas' address - when the "Pampoen" singer descended from his "throne" and attempted to make Vlismas 'eat' his words - both literally and figuratively.
Despite being billed as the Roast of Hofmeyr himself, none of the participants got off lightly at the event as insults flew thick and fast around The Lyric Theatre's red and gold interior.
Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, "We are delighted to push boundaries by versioning this classic Comedy Central franchise for a South African audience and context. The show got audiences rocking in the aisles and was the perfect vehicle for launching Comedy Central in South Africa."
Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, "Comedy Central is proud that our first Roast in Africa was such a roaring success. Our Roastee, Roastmaster and Roasters all rose to the occasion beautifully and surpassed all our expectations. The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr is sure to go down in comedy history as one of the truly great Roasts of our time!"
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