Comedy Central and Nando’s have confirmed legendary South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, musician and infamous prankster, Leon Schuster, will set himself up to be hauled over the coals by a panel of peers, friends, enemies, critics, comics and entertainment personalities in the first ‘roast’ of the year.
The Comedy Central Roast of Leon Schuster, taking place at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, on 3 April 2014, will star Schuster (@SchuksSchuster), who will be subjected to a humorous barrage of praise, criticism, abuse, jokes and downright lies.
“We are delighted that a comedy icon like Leon Schuster has agreed to be roasted by Comedy Central, and that Nando’s is adding flame to the fire. We have always had him in our sights since the idea of an African Roast was first floated, and we are delighted to have worn him down at last: this is South Africa’s chance to get some revenge on the nation’s most infamous practical joker!” says Evert van der Veer, channel director of Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) Africa.
Staged in 2012, the first African Roast, The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr, was a landmark TV and entertainment event which saw controversial singer, actor, poet and polemicist Steve Hofmeyr (@Steve_Hofmeyr) well and truly roasted. Comedy Central Roasts are standout TV comedy events that have featured famous names from the worlds of entertainment, media, business and celebrity. US Roastees who have previously settled their eminent posteriors on the infamous Roast hot seat include James Franco, Roseanne Arnold, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Denis Leary and Flava Flav.