R350 to attend Steve Hofmeyr's Roast

2012-07-20 16:38
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – In a highly unusual and unprecedented move, Comedy Central (DStv 122) and Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) will demand TV audience members pay an exorbitant R350 per ticket to attend the recording of the TV channel's Steve Hofmeyr Roast.

Tickets for the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr will go on sale from Monday 23 July, but where TV shows and producers are usually grateful that people are willing to attend and sit as audience members, Comedy Central and VIMN Africa appear to want to make money off of the in-studio audience.

Tickets will cost R350 per person and Comedy Central has not explained why people will have to cough up such an exorbitant amount for what is a made-for-television event.

Similar to TV productions which don't charge reality TV contestants money to enter and models and actors who don't pay for casting calls, members of a TV studio audience for a TV production are not asked to pay – or pay very little.

The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr will be recorded on 11 September in Johannesburg and be broadcast on 24 September on the channel.

Idols on M-Net, the most high-profile TV show in South Africa making use of a TV studio audience and filmed locally, only charges R20 to R40 per person as an entry fee. The production time of the show lasts one to one and a half hours. Audience members are able to win prizes and hand-out merchandise tied to the show.

Most other TV shows utilising a live TV studio audience don't charge people to attend, actually give tickets away for free, and lure audience members with incentives like free food and the opportunity to meet presenters.

Supply and demand

Comedy Central said the premium price is "a simple reflection of the well-known laws of supply and demand".

"The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr is a first for South Africa and a much-anticipated live comedy event and TV show that builds on the heritage of Comedy Central Roasts from the USA," Alison Reid, VIMN Africa spokesperson, told Channel24.

"The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr is a once-off, never-to-be-repeated event and while most of the tickets to the live event will be reserved for invited guests and competition winners, Comedy Central has responded to overwhelming public demand to release a small number of tickets for sale.

"The premium price is a simple reflection of the well-known laws of supply and demand."

Lady Gaga vs Steve Hofmeyr

Reid compared the ticket price for the Comedy Central event to that of Lady Gaga's scheduled performances in SA later this year.

"The ticket price of R350 is in keeping with what consumers pay for other premium events in South Africa. Lady Gaga tour top price tickets are more than double what Comedy Central is asking for the Roast.

"If people do not want to pay the price we have set, then that is their right and we will be delighted for them to watch the show on Comedy Central on 24 September free of charge (as part of their DStv subscription)."


  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-20 16:52

    They would have to pay me double that (at least) to go see anything with SH in it!

      Preshen - 2012-07-20 22:57

      Steve will not even pay so much for child support

  • BmanCav - 2012-07-20 16:55

    Welcome to SOUTH AFRICA.........

  • lizelle.grobbelaarvanzyl - 2012-07-20 17:05

    What a waste of money! I'd rather read on here what a D#*S he is!

  • Brian - 2012-07-20 17:11

    Alison Reid, your attitude and your logic stink mate!! You seem to be turning the whole affair into a Money making scandal instead of focusing on the event itself - and by the Way - your logic in trying to compare Lady Gaga - a Grammy Winner who is Famous World wide - to a South African Artist who is only known in 1 Country - is laughable!! Did you make this up - or did your Bosses tell you what to say?

      lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-20 18:08

      not even a country,only a certain group

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-07-20 18:25

      Of course u can compare the two. They both SUCK!!!

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-07-20 17:14

    Ha ha ha that's R349.99 to much to have to listen to ol mofmeyer

  • Hallo - 2012-07-20 17:18

    I wouldn't give this chump a mop job.

  • gennath - 2012-07-20 17:42

    Maybe asking a premium is just their (Comedy Central's) way of keeping out the riff-raff...

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-20 18:42

      Without the riff-raft, Hofmeyr would have no audience

  • Carlo Gieljoumie - 2012-07-20 19:17

    350 that must be the biggest joke I can see this is a comedy show

  • bobbi.jantjies - 2012-07-20 21:45

    paying to see stief...? waaah what a novel concept... paying to sit and watch his roasters call him d-o-o-s... a bit more value...but actually we can just call him d-o-o-s anytime we want for mahala...

  • Angelique Nel - 2012-07-20 22:50

    All-though I have R350 to splash...unfortunately Steve is not worth it. Sorry mate...!!!

  • rozy.gay - 2012-07-21 11:25

    Dis hoe dit is met Steve ;) I'm sorry but Steve you are a wally and I would never pay money to see you.

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-21 12:38

    I'd pay to see him spit-roasted

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