JOUSTER: Lazola Gola. Pictures: Dimpho Maja/African News Agency (ANA)

JOUSTER: Lazola Gola. Pictures: Dimpho Maja/African News Agency (ANA)

ROUSTER: Mojak Lehoko.
ROUSTER: Mojak Lehoko.

SOUTH AFRICA’S top comedians went head-to-head in quick-fire, comedic combat in season 2 of the Comedy Central ‘Roast Battle South Africa’, which was recorded in front of a live audience in Melrose Arch’s The Venue over four nights this week.
Their only weapons were hurling jokes, punchy one-liners and side-splitting insults.

Their quest? To out-joke, out-do and land the most memorable comedic feat of the night against their comedy comrades.

Guests enjoyed the show over a glass of wine, laughing at the really good jokes and cringing over the bad ones.

Heavyweight comedians Tumi Morake and Kagiso Lediga were on the judging panel, with John Vlismas as host and Loyiso Madinga as referee.

In each round of ‘Roast Battle South Africa’, top comedians verbally roust each other, jabbing their opponents from an arsenal of five jokes each.

In the second season, Vlismas picks up the microphone as Roast Master amid well-known stand-up comics who are the contestants.

The host, guest judges and the studio audience then decide who will proceed to the semi-final and the finals.

Among the country’s top comedians who are vying for the ‘Roast Battle South Africa’ crown are Mojak Lehoko, Casper de Vries, Lihle Msimang, Chris Forrest, Nina Hastie, Jason Goliath, Lazola Gola, Robby Collins and Dave Levinsohn.

Comedy Central ‘Roast Battle South Africa’ is a seven-part TV series which will premiere on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on July 12 at 9pm. @LesegoMakgatho

The Sunday Independent