Steve Hofmeyr Roast a ratings hit

2012-09-28 14:07
Cape Town – DStv's fledgling TV channel Comedy Central recorded its highest ever ratings with the premiere of The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr on Monday 24 September – which coincided with the national holiday Heritage Day in South Africa, the channel announced on Friday.

The show saw firebrand Afrikaans singer, actor and activist Hofmeyr subjected to a series of barbs about his political views, musical career, many adulterous affairs and children, from a panel of celebrity roasters.

The 18 age-restricted and profanity-laden Roast dominated the airwaves during its broadcast from 21:00-22:45 on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) achieving the comedy channel's highest ever rating of 5.99 – which equates to 379 097 actual viewers – among DStv Premium viewers aged 20-49.

'Major TV comedy event'

Comedy Central went unchallenged during the broadcast as the highest ranked channel in the DStv bouquet in terms of ratings and audience share, with nearly one in four Premium viewers aged 20-49 tuning in to watch.

Roastmaster Trevor Noah led the charge, and introduced a panel that included fellow comedians John Vlismas, Casper de Vries and David Kau, socialite Kuli Roberts, soapie actors Robert Whitehead and Shaleen Surtie-Richards, model Minki van der Westhuizen, and radio DJ Anele Mdoda.

"We are delighted that South African audiences have welcomed the Roast concept so warmly to their hearts," said Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central Africa.

"Steve Hofmeyr, Trevor Noah and our Roasters all rose to the occasion, helping us to create a major TV comedy event and ensuring our first ever Roast on African soil was more successful than we could have imagined."

The Roast also conquered the Twittersphere on Braai Day, accounting for nine of the Top 10 Twitter trends for more than 12 hours, with some of SA's most prominent personalities – like Gareth Cliff, Loyiso Gola, Minnie Dlamini and Riaad Moosa – sharing their views during the show's broadcast.

Hofmeyr himself took to Twitter throughout the Roast, ironically advising his mother not to watch: "Right, mom, time to switch over to History Channel! You gonna hate @ComedyCentralAF" (sic).

After the end credits rolled, Hofmeyr commented, "The Roast is the most violent thing that can happen on TV, without actual bloodshed."

Watch clips from the Steve Hofmeyr Roast (via here:

The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr will be rescreened on Comedy Central on Friday 28 September at 22:55 CAT, Saturday 29 September at 20:40 and 00:40, and Sunday 30 September at 21:45.


  • merry.martin.944 - 2012-09-28 14:23

    I only watched it because of the huge hype before the event. I kept on watching it, waiting for the "roast" which did not appear to happen... The best 'roaster" of the lot was Steve himself, in my opinion.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-29 11:24

      when is this on again? i missed it :(

  • senette.pietersen - 2012-09-28 14:37

    Liked the roast however couldn't see where Minki fits into the whole picture, I get that she got hit on by Steve but hey a lot of ladies do... Why not bring his ex's? Or baby momma's? They could've done better at roasting the infamous Steve Hofmeyr he practically provided the material himself throughout his career. He did a better job at roasting them then they did roasting him!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-28 16:25

    What’s the hype about this racist douchebag. His advantage is that he belongs to the right colour, Malema is demonised and called all sorts of names for being labelled anti-white but this guy is a celebrity in the white community. Such double standards stinks and SA will never be a rainbow nation as long as such nonsense is glorified. This guy can go roast for real!!

      merry.martin.944 - 2012-09-28 17:53

      I, for one, would LOVE to watch a roast of Juju!

      afrikanerbul.vansprings - 2012-09-28 21:12

      Juju is too stupid to be roasted, he would not understand the concept or insults. Hey, he may even go and kill those who roasted him. (He likes to tell us that he would kill.) Would LOVE to see a roast of Juju!

  • renette.debeer.9 - 2012-09-28 17:01

    Ek het 'n klein stukkie gekyk...dis vieslik!!!! Regtig shocking!!!

  • carel.pretorius.39 - 2012-09-28 18:14

    @lerato.kay.3 what a dumb thing to say, it is obviously you can`t see further than skin color, there is HUGE differences between Steve and that equaly dumb Malema, you can`t spoke these two`s name in the same sentence, atleast your right about one thing, WE WILL NEVER BE A RAINBOW NATION

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-09-28 21:19

    lmao @ the afr tannies who watched & are now horrified about what a roast is hahaha stick to 7de laan & kyknet :P trevor was good, killed kuli big time lol wonder who the next person to be roasted shall be... juju would be freaking aweTHum they way people will tune in to watch.

  • george.pito - 2012-09-30 14:02

    What a crap show. Will probably not bother to watch it again.

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-10-01 10:29

    Let's not got over excited, it was supposed to be comedy. Everything was carefully scripted, and I must say it made Die Antwoord's lyrics look like a Huisgenoot editorial. I thought Casper de Vries and John Vlismas was very funny. I can't wait for the roast of Julius Malema and Heyneke Meyer!

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