The Comedy Central roasts have become quite a phenomenon locally. To date, Steve Hofmeyr and Kenny Kunene have participated in The Comedy Central Roast and Somizi is the perfect third candidate for the local version of the show. Internationally, the show has seen celebs such as Justin Bieber, James Franco and Donald Trump being roasted and the show continues to bring in a huge amount of viewers with every new episode. The popular format sees an illustrious panel assemble to “roast” each other before getting to the Roastee.

Somizi is one of the most dynamic media personalities in the country, having so far enjoyed a successful career on radio and television with no end in sight on bigger opportunities for one of the brightest shining stars in SA. The star is flamboyant and opinionated so the panel is bound to have more than enough material for what promises to be a hilarious television stint.

“I am really excited to be the Roastee. The moment Comedy Central approached me I grabbed the opportunity,” Somizi says. “I have always wanted to be part of this project. I have what it takes to handle the heat because I am thick skinned. Despite my trials I am here standing and ready for the next bout. I’m definitely up for this, especially when I get to have the last laugh at the panellists.”

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi will be filmed on Thursday 26 April 2018 at The Lyric theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. Fans will be able to watch the roast live with tickets starting at just R200. The event will then be broadcast on Monday 7 May 2018 at 21:00 CAT, and available as an extended uncensored version to Showmax subscribers from Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Commented Dillon Khan, Vice President for Comedy Central & Creative Services for Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “We’re thrilled to bring our audiences this latest instalment of Comedy Central’s Roast of Somizi as an industry first with Showmax. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing both Somizi and the panel feel the burn. South Africans throw shade on a daily basis with no filter and that’s how we like our roasts. Expect singed egos and plenty of laughs.”

Candice Fangueiro, head of content: Africa at Showmax, added that “Creating great entertainment means taking risks and Comedy Central’s Roasts are legendary for taking no prisoners. This is exactly the fresh, edgy content we love bringing to Showmax and something we’d like to do much more of in the future.”

Now, this is an entertainment event we’re really excited about.

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