Just when South Africans thought they were safe from the hands of our satirical comedians, yet another face has emerged to turn it right around. If you've been living under a rock somewhere with the real housewives of Constantia, then the name Deep Fried Man probably doesn't ring any bells, but it soon will…
Joburg resident, Daniel Friedman who goes by the alias, Deep Fried Man, is coming for you with his genre-breaking satirical jibes. He has been causing quite a comedic storm in the past couple of years. Armed with his guitar and an infectious collection of self-deprecating songs, the comedian has laughed his way into the big league of local comedy.
Not only has he been performing side by with the likes of David Kau and Loyiso Gola, he has a Comics Choice Award for Best Newcomer and a Standard Bank Ovation Award to prove he means business.
Of course this wasn't always the case, as with any comedian, Friedman had to start somewhere. With him, it was folk music. "I was a folk singer. I sang serious songs. And as a folk singer one often encounters audiences who don't listen and talk during the songs. I hated that and I wanted the crowd's full attention, so I started putting in little bits of comedy in between the serious stuff," he laughs.
"But people liked the funny stuff so much more than the serious stuff that various people advised me to try it at comedy clubs. When I did I got a great response, the kind I'd been hoping for, but never got as a folk singer. So I was like "Okay, comedy it is then".
The funnyman was juggling comedy and a day job for a while and went pro in 2010, which meant it was time for him to quit his job and do comedy full-time and in 2011 that's what he did. His debut one-man show, Deep Fried Man got critics and audiences singing and laughing to his quirky mix of music and local satire. Even the BCCSA wasn't too chuffed with his comedy, which is always a good sign.
"I've had some hateful stuff, especially after the 'Cos I'm White song that was flighted on Comedy Central. I was even sent to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission," he says.
"The backlash you get on the internet is much worse, because people aren't actually right there in front of you, so they'll say things to you they'll never say in person. This guy on Facebook said to me "You should kill yourself now", which made me laugh, because it's like a lazy person's death threat. Instead of saying "I'm going to kill you" he said I should kill myself, as if he's too lazy to come and do it," laughs Friedman.
Even a conversation with the comedian can turn into a laugh fest. This is why there's loads of buzz around his new one-man show called White Whine at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square from 19-30 September 2012. "It's my usual mix of music, satire and comedy, with an audio visual element and a few surprises. A lot of the stuff is aimed at parodying white South Africa, from the perspective of a white (and Jewish) South African with a not-so-conventional outlook on life," he says.
"For this show I'm just observing stuff around me and turning it into comedy. I do some parody stuff where I take popular songs and twist them into being about life in South Africa. Some of my new stuff takes a satirical look at what's happening politically," he says.
But writing material on the edges of society can sometimes be quite daunting, the comedian admits to having writer's block like any other person, but he has some expert advice. "I drink. It doesn't help me write, but it helps me feel better about not writing. Then, the next day when I'm sober, I attempt to write again and if I still have writer's block, I repeat the protest."
Sounds like a sure-fire way of getting a show done, so I wouldn't want to miss this one.
Article from EntertainmentAfrica.com.