Filming for the highly-anticipated Comedy Central Roast Of AKA begins in just a few days and while the panel which will grill the popular rapper is still to be announced, the channel has revealed that actress and presenter Pearl Thusi will serve as the official roast master for the event.

Pearl has had a long-standing relationship with Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company, which has seen her host both MTV’s Lip Sync Battle Africa and MTV Base’s Behind The Story. She has also recently made waves internationally on shows such as Quantico which makes her the hottest candidate for the role of Roast Master.

Naturally, Pearl is excited to take on the role in what is expected to be the hottest roast yet – and makes history along the way. “I’m very excited to be the Roast Master and to work with Comedy Central for the first time. To be the first female Roast Master in Africa and first black woman globally is a great achievement,” she tells us. “To AKA – we’ve talked a lot of mess on twitter and in private, but now we’re going to settle this in front of the world, with no one to protect you. This is deeper than rap beef. It will be on stage and to your face. I honestly can’t wait. Oh, and I won’t be alone as I’ve got a team of Roasters with me. So poetic. Just remember: COMPOSURE, COMPOSURE!”

Filming of the Comedy Central Roast of AKA in partnership with Showmax will be open to the public and will take place on Thursday, 21 February 2019 at The Teatro, Montecasino in Johannesburg. The main event will be screened on Comedy Central on 11 March and will premiere on Showmax the following day.

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