MUNYARADZI VOMO and Theresa Taylor
“Thank you Steve Hofmeyr, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be the dumbest blonde in SA.” This was one of the stabs Minki van der Westhuizen during the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr.
The event, which took place at the Lyric Theatre last night, proved to be a hit as comedians took potshots at the main subject of the night, ever-controversial musician and actor Steve Hofmeyr.
Originally an American concept, Comedy Central Roast invites a celebrity, or “roastee”, to be targeted by a panel of peer “roasters”. The roasters take turns to poke fun at the roastee, and at each other, usually using real-life, and sometimes sensitive, material.
While some of those who have been on the American version of the show requested to have some topics off limits, our own Hofmeyr seems to have a thick skin, declaring it open season and allowing his roasters make jokes about his life in every way possible.
The panel included the roastmaster Trevor Noah, Casper de Vries, David Kau, John Vlismas, Kuli Roberts, Minki van der Westhuizen, Robert Whitehead and Shaleen Surtie-Richards.
One of the roaster’s comments that delighted SA’s Twitteratti was Noah asking Hofmeyr: “Did Uncle Terre’Blanche ask you to rub his lamp until his Eugenie came out?”
And many tweeters labelled Vlismas’s dig at Hofmeyr when he said: “I was worried Hofmeyr was going to hit me but then I remembered I’m a guy, one of the best of the night.”
But Hofmeyr took his revenge when he reportedly told Vlismas, “When I f****d your mother, it was the last time anyone in your family made me laugh.”
Hofmeyr sat in a chair with forearm straps, just in case he could not take the heat and decided to attack someone – all in the name of comedy.
For 90 minutes, the roasters deep-fried Hofmeyr with witty – and sometimes cringeworthy – comments.
Subjects ranging from Hofmeyr’s infidelities to his racist rants and music career were touched on and the audience loved it all.
Whitehead killed his audience with the Scottish kilt he was wearing as he kept fanning it towards the roastee during his turn.
Some of the best material came from actress Van der Westhuizen who focused on the lack of affection Hofmeyr showed towards her when they worked together.
Ultimately, the night belonged to Hofmeyr, whose arrogant persona showed till the end.
“It is almost the end of the night and I am still wondering, when is the roasting going to start,” he said challenging the panel.
Being a first in Africa, some were unsure how well the show would do but by the end of the night it was safe to conclude it was a success.
The Comedy Central Roast Of Steve Hofmeyr is set to air on September 24 at 9pm on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122).