Comic twist to celebrity show­case

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CAN CELEBRI­TIES be­come co­me­di­ans? This is the ques­tion the guys at Com­edy Cen­tral want your help in an­swer­ing. A new show, Fa­mous Last Words, will air on the channel from Mon­day and prom­ises to be great TV.

The show will follow a co­me­dian and a celebrity mentee as they step into each other’s worlds.

Com­edy Cen­tral VIMN Africa vice-pres­i­dent Dil­lon Khan said the aim was to show­case the skill set of co­me­di­ans.

“We wanted to show­case South African co­me­di­ans and the tal­ent that they have to a wider au­di­ence,” he said.

Khan added that the premise of the show al­lowed au­di­ences to see a side of the co­me­di­ans away from the stage and get a glimpse of their per­son­al­i­ties.

“You know the idea of how one can tell a funny joke dur­ing Christ­mas with the fam­ily is one thing, but would you be able to stand up to the pres­sure of a com­edy club – just you and an MC? Would there be a laugh, a round of si­lence from the club or, worse still, boos?”

The idea of the show is to see the comics and celebs meet­ing and get­ting to know one an­other by go­ing into one an­other’s worlds.

In the first episode, Top Billing pre­sen­ter Jean­nie D and Jason Go­liath nav­i­gate a full-on wax. In an­other episode, Khanyi Mbau gets John Vlis­mas pout­ing in a photo-shoot with a python.

The comics “coach­ing” the celebs are Go­liath and Vlis­mas as well as Joey Ras­dien, Kag­iso Lediga, Proverb, Rob van Vu­uren, Mpho Popps and Nina Hastie.

“We will also see them in the Com­edy Cen­tral writ­ing room putting to­gether the stand-up set for the celebrity to per­form,” said Khan.

In the 10-episode show, per­son­al­i­ties such as Jean­nie D, John Rob­bie, Mbau, Kuli Roberts, Mark Wil­liams, Robert White­head, chef Benny Masek­wa­meng and Casper de Vries are paired with co­me­di­ans in an ef­fort to make them stand-up kings and queens for a good cause.

“Smile Foun­da­tion has been do­ing great work over the years and we wanted to sup­port their ef­forts and shed light on what they do,” Khan ex­plained.

He added that the gala event, where the celebs would show­case their newly ac­quired skills in a five-minute set, would be open to the pub­lic and all pro­ceeds would go to the Smile Foun­da­tion.

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