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Controversial Deep Fried Man roasts the theatre

Satirist climbs into impudent member of the audience.

26 September 2012 | Keba Mothoagae

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The fears, prejudices, frailties and stereotypes of the country's population were ruthlessly picked apart and blown out of comedic proportion as the Old Mutual Theatre On The Square hosted the opening night of White Whine.

The show is the latest one-man act offering from comedian, satirist, and recent graduate of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa for offensive comedy, Daniel Friedman aka Deep Fried Man.

It is a wickedly funny send-up of what being white in South Africa nowadays entails, blending music, satire and good old whingeing and whining about the likes of subtle and forever reasonable Julius Malema and prompt textbook delivery in Limpopo.

The nation-building Steve Hofmeyr; racially harmonious The Spear painting, and the Republic of Cape Town's emperor Helen Zille are some of what Deep Fried Man mercilessly makes fun of.

An audience member who added her two cents' worth rather loudly and brashly and who Friedman had his satirical way with, made the evening all the more memorable.

Deep Fried Man was a nominee in two categories (Breakthrough and Audience Choice) at the 2012 Comics Choice Awards. He was also a winner of the Newcomer gong at the 2011 Comics' Choice Award and the Standard Bank Ovation Award.

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