Comedy Central in partnership with Showmax announced the upcoming Comedy Central Roast of Somizi,

coming to Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on Monday 7 May 2018 at 21:00 CAT,

and available as an extended uncensored version to Showmax subscribers from Tuesday 8 May 2018.

The popular format sees an illustrious panel assemble to “roast” each other before getting to the Roastee.

International celebrities have over the years hilariously and flamingly insulted each another, including

Justin Bieber, James Franco and Donald Trump, all of which are currently available on Showmax.

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.”


In South Africa, the Comedy Central Roast of Somizi will be the third local iteration of the international format,

with previous Roastees being Steve Hofmeyr and Kenny Kunene.

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.


Somizi Mhlongo added, “I am really excited to be the Roastee. The moment Comedy Central approached me I grabbed the opportunity.

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 panelists.”

“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,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content: Africa at Showmax.


Filming of the Comedy Central Roast of Somizi will be open to the public and will take place on

Thursday 26 April 2018 at The Lyric theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

Ticket prices start from R200 per person and are available at Computicket.

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For further information, please contact:

Gabi Mbele

Communication Manager, VIMN Africa

Tel: +2711 428 3203

Tel: + 27 11 428 2970



About Comedy Central Africa:

Comedy Central Africa, DStv channel 122, is the home of funny in Africa.  Available exclusively on the DStv pay TV platform, Comedy Central is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom, and is used under license in Africa by Viacom International Media Networks Africa. For more information, visit our website, at, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ComedyCentralAF or on Facebook Africa.


About Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa):

Multimedia entertainment powerhouse VIMN Africa offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa.  VIMN Africa currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites.  The company’s African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products.

About Showmax

Showmax is an internet TV service. For a single monthly fee, get all-you-can-eat access to a huge online catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids’ shows and documentaries. Start and stop when you want. No ads. Cancel anytime – there’s no contract.

Stream Showmax using apps for smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, media players and gaming consoles. Showmax also works with Chromecast and AirPlay. Manage data consumption using the bandwidth capping feature. No internet? No problem – download up to 25 shows to smartphones and tablets to watch later offline.

Showmax was born in 2015 and is part of the Naspers group. Showmax is currently available in more than 70 countries. For a free, no-risk trial, visit

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