South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality, Pearl Thusi has been confirmed as the Roast Master for the much anticipated Roast of South African rapper AKA set to take place Thursday, 21 February 2019 at the Teatro in Monte Casino. It will then be aired on Comedy Central on Monday, 11 March 2019 with the uncut and uncensored version premiering on Showmax on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.
On Monday, 28 January 2019, Pearl Thusi had a radio interview on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast with radio host, DJ Fresh, where she spoke about the Roast of AKA. Pearl said “I already do this now and again on twitter, AKA and I roast each other almost every day, now we’re doing it on TV”.
TROUBLE TROUBLE TROUBLE 🚨 @akaworldwide
— TheHomeOfComedy (@ComedyCentralAF) January 28, 2019
Pearl will be the first female Roast Master in Africa and the first black, female Roast Master globally. She will be joined by a number of South African celebrities who will be grilling the South African Rapper.
Regardless of making history, Pearl received a lot of criticism with many people thinking she does not possess the right qualities to host the show.
So Pearl Thusi will be the roast master on the upcoming Roast of AKA? So disappointed with ComedyCentralSA. Why does everything have to be about handing gigs to "It Girls"
Pearl is not funny at all. Her million followers on Twitter are the only reason why she was chosen to host.
— Tumelo Mapaa (@DjNewSouthAfric) January 28, 2019
Pearl Thusi!!!!!! 😒Have all known comedians died this past weekend. Maybe im missing something 🤔 pic.twitter.com/YMlQidPeHE
— Kabelo Mokone (@Revs_M) January 28, 2019
Tickets to the Roast of AKA were sold out but more tickets are now available at Computicket for R350.