The Showmax Announce Roast of Minnie Dlamini, Headlines the Laugh Africa Comedy Festival

Image featuring promotional material for the Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini at the Laugh Africa Comedy Festival.

TV presenter and actress Minnie Dlamini has been buzzing on social media, dropping hints and teasing her followers with cryptic messages about her latest project. Finally, the secret is out Dlamini is set to take center stage as the next celebrity to be roasted in South Africa on ‘The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini.’

The announcement was made during a lively event hosted by Laugh Africa Comedy Festival and Showmax, which saw media personalities, actors, and influencers gathering in Johannesburg for the exciting reveal.

In the tradition of Comedy Central Roasts that have seen the likes of Somizi, Kenny Kunene, Steve Hofmeyr, the late Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, and Khanyi Mbau (the first woman) face the heat, Dlamini is gearing up for her comedic debut. With her characteristic charm and grace, she welcomes the opportunity for a light-hearted take on her illustrious career and personal anecdotes, fully prepared for the playful jabs and witty remarks.

Despite facing public scrutiny and enduring rumors about her personal life, including her ongoing divorce proceedings and alleged spousal support requests, Dlamini remains unfazed. “Absolutely,” she affirms, expressing readiness for her personal experiences to be fodder for the roast. “I’ve trended for weeks on end, people saying the most outlandish things. I’m ready to do it in a way that is fun, entertaining, and that I get paid.”

One of the most outrageous stories that have circulated about Dlamini involves allegations of Itumeleng Khune paying a hefty lobola of R1 million for her hand in marriage. Yet, Dlamini takes it all in stride, eager to see how the comedic writers craft clever jokes from the chaos of social media gossip.

The star-studded roast panel, yet to be announced, will ensure a night of entertainment as the event is recorded live on April 5 and exclusively aired on Showmax on April 26. While roasts are notorious for their sharp wit and low blows, Dlamini remains unshaken, having weathered the storms of public opinion. “I don’t think there is anything that I haven’t heard,” she asserts, emphasizing her excitement to witness how her favourite celebrities will turn social media fodder into punchy jokes.

Dlamini’s decision to take the roast seat isn’t driven by financial need but rather a desire to have fun and reclaim control over her narrative. In a landscape where much has been said about her, she looks forward to having the final word on the night of the roast.

Meanwhile, Laugh Africa Comedy Festival promises a weekend of laughter and celebration with internationally acclaimed comedian Eddie Griffin headlining the event from April 5-7 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Local favorites such as Eugene Khoza, Conrad Koch & Chester Missing, Jam Jam the Comedian, and Mel Jones will also grace the stage, offering a diverse range of comedy catering to different audiences with English, Vernacular, and Afrikaans genres.

As Stuart Taylor, Creative Director of Laugh Africa Comedy Festival, aptly puts it, the roast and the festival aim to blend humor with affection, honouring the journey and impact of the individuals being roasted. By selecting admired figures, the roast becomes not just a comedic event but also a heartfelt celebration, staying true to the essence of roasting those held in high regard.

Minnie Dlamini’s forthcoming roast promises to be a memorable event, filled with laughter, camaraderie, and perhaps a few surprises along the way. As she braces herself for the comedic onslaught, Dlamini remains poised and ready to embrace the humor that comes her way, turning every jab into a moment of celebration.

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