WHAT do TV presenters Jeannie D and Khanyi Mbau, rapper and Idols SA host ProVerb; celebrity chef and MasterChef SA judge Benny Masekwameng; media personalities Kuli Roberts and John Robbie; Isidingo star Robert Whitehead and former Bafana Bafana player Mark Williams have in common?
They are all about to become stand-up comedians in Comedy Central’s new show Famous Last Words, which debuts on DStv channel 122 on Monday, August 14, at 9 pm.
The celebrities will be mentored by comedians, Jason Goliath, John Vlismas, Casper de Vries, Rob van Vuuren, Nina Hastie, Kagiso Lediga, Mpho Popps and Joey Rasdien. The idea will be for the comics and their famous partners to work together to find the funny in their everyday lives with hilarious and sometimes painful results.
The first episode has Jeannie D taking Goliath into her glamorous world while showing him just how much wax is required when your body is your business (ouch!).
In the episode on Monday, August 21, Robbie’s Irish heritage rubs off on Lediga with a jig and a beer while Rasdien learns what it takes to be a top-class footballer (Monday, August 28) courtesy of Williams.
There’s plenty of hilarity (and music) on Monday, September 4, when ProVerb pulls De Vries into a cypher for a rap battle; Mbau gets Vlismas pouting in a photo-shoot with a python on Monday, September 11; Masekwameng whips Van Vuuren’s culinary skills into shape while drag-racing (Monday, September 18); Roberts takes Hastie to a nursery school in search of her mothering instincts (Monday, September 25); and Whitehead (famous as Mzansi’s scariest villain Barker Haines) shows Popps how an actor prepares for a stunt plane (Monday, October 2).
Not only is it going to provide 10 weeks of great television, but it is all for a good cause! There will be a Famous Last Words gala event in Johannesburg on October 4. Fans will get to rub shoulders with the stars and help raise money for the Smile Foundation.
During the event each of the comedians will perform a 15-minute set followed by their protégé who will do a five-minute set.
The Best Of … Famous Last Words, with highpoints and funniest moments from the TV series, will be aired on Monday, October 9. You can then catch highlights from the gala event – for those who cannot make the live show – on Comedy Central on Monday, October 16.
Dillon Khan, vice president Comedy Central VIMN Africa said: “We are excited about this brand-new show which celebrates South African talent and is a Comedy Central original.
“The participants – both celebrities and comedians – are all well-known in their own right but taking them out of their comfort zones with Famous Last Words has produced some surprising and hilarious results that will have the public view them in a whole new light.”
Hedley Lewis, CEO Smile Foundation added: “We are humbled to have been chosen by Comedy Central as the beneficiary of this incredible initiative. It has always been our dream to partner with an organisation that promotes comedy and makes people feel happy as this aligns perfectly with our brand. Famous Last Words will most certainly bring many more smiles to many more children’s faces. We are immensely grateful for this unbelievable opportunity.”
The Smile Foundation, founded by the late Nelson Mandela and its current executive chairman Marc Lubner, is committed to making a difference in the lives of South African children living with treatable facial anomalies such as facial paralysis, cleft lip and cleft palate and craniofacial abnormalities as well as ear, nose and hand conditions and burn wounds.
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