Johannesburg, 7 August 2012: Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has revealed that South Africa stand-up legend and 2012 “Comic of the Year” Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) will take on the role of official Roastmaster for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” (#RoastZA). 

“The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr”, an event to celebrate the launch of Comedy Central in Africa, will take place at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg on Tuesday 11 September, premiering on TV on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) on Monday 24 September at 21:00 CAT.

Sparks are bound to fly as Noah presides over Comedy Central’s first ever African Roast, acting as emcee and dishing out a sharp “tribute” to Roastee Steve Hofmeyr (@Steve_Hofmeyr) – all while keeping his panel of celebrity Roasters (including Casper de Vries (@casperrasper), John Vlismas (@fortyshort) and Kuli Roberts (@kuliroberts) - in line.

Noah will be following in the prestigious footsteps of past Comedy Central Roastmasters such as Seth McFarlane (“The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen”), Jane Lynch (“The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne”), Katt Williams (“The Comedy Central Roast of Flava Flav”), Jimmy Kimmel (“The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson”) Kathy Griffin (“The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers”) and Lisa Lampanelli (“The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy”).

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “The success of any Roast depends on both the choice of Roastee and the comic skills of the Roastmaster, so we are delighted that a comedian of Trevor’s stature will be at the helm for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr”.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa (formerly MTV Networks Africa), “Trevor Noah’s involvement cements an impressive comedy line-up for Comedy Central’s inaugural African Roast and sets the stage for a hugely entertaining live event and appointment-to-view television programme.”

Trevor Noah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and has often shared a stage with some of the country’s funniest comedians including Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and Barry Hilton.  In 2011, after his meteoric success in South Africa, Noah began making his mark on the US comedy circuit, winning over American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.  Noah scored a South African first in January 2012 by performing live on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, one of the US’s most prestigious entertainment shows.  Four years after having been voted “Best Breakthrough Act” at the South African Comedy Awards in 2008, Noah confirmed his dominance of the SA comedy scene in July 2012 when he was named “Comic of the Year”at the second annual Comics' Choice awards ceremony - ahead of Nik Rabinowitz, Riaad Moosa and Loyiso Gola.  In September 2012, Noah makes a triumphant return to South Africa with “That’s Racist” – his one-man national stand-up tour.

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Tickets for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” are available online at www.computicket.com, www.goldreefcity.co.za (click on “Entertainment') or www.checkers.co.za (click on “Services”).  Tickets are also available via the Computicket Call Centre (Tel: 0861-915-8000) and Lyric Theatre Box Office: (Tel: 011-248-5168/5229).  MTN subscribers can book by dialling 131.  Or buy your tickets in person at Computicket outlets nationwide, the Lyric Theatre Box Office at Gold Reef City or branches of Checkers Supermarkets.

To get into the mood for “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” check out other hilarious Comedy Central Roasts starting with “The Comedy Central Roast of Flava Flav” on Monday 6 August at 21:00 CAT and every Monday night until “The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr” at 21:00 CAT on 24 September 2012.

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