Are you a fan of South African comedian Joey Rasdien and want to know more about him? If so, you have come to the right place. We have gathered all the information you need to know him better, from his early life to career, his social media presence and everything in between. Read on to find out what we know about the stand up comedian, screenwriter, TV and movie actor.
Joey Rasdien biography
Joey Rasdien age is 43 years, since he was born on 22nd April 1976 in Johannesburg. His real name is Yusuf Rasdien.
He grew up in many places, having lived in Eldos, Mayfair, Riverlee, Asbury and Coronationville. He also lived in Cape Town for a short period of time. He attended Coronationville High School in Johannesburg.
Joey Rasdien career
Before venturing into comedy, he was a front manager and financial advisor at Alexander Forbes. Joey Rasdien wife encouraged him to pursue show business, which was the reason he quit the corporate world in 2002.
From there, he has gone on to appear in very many projects. Joey Rasdien movies include Outrageous Blitz Patrollie, Bunny Chow, Dollars and White Pipes, “Material” with Riaad Moosa, Running Riot and Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat.
His television appearances include Comedy Showcase, Jerry Springer’s Saturday Night, Spek Skieters, Pap Idols, Leriekeraai and The Phat Joe Show. His main television role is his own sitcom, SABC2’s Rasdien, where he plays a single father.
His sold-out performances on the South African stand up comedy circuit include Kings and Queens Comedy Festival, Parkers Comedy and Jive, Blacks Only Comedy, one-man shows at the Lyric Theatre as well as his own Joey’s Mixed DNA Tour.
He was married but his wife, unfortunately, passed away in 2007. They had a son named Hakeem, who was born in 2002. He says that this personal experience formed part of the inspiration for the Rasdien show on SABC2.
In an interview, he said:
I was with my son. At the time, he was turning six. As far as I can remember, there were lots of ladies and one guy in the room. And I said I wanted to do a sitcom about a single father raising his son. It's about the child in every adult and the adult in every child. The pitch was from personal experience, but the script, about the stumbling blocks of being a single parent and finding a partner and mother for his child, is a universal story that even people from Uganda will be able to relate to.
Joey Rasdien controversy
In 2017, he found himself on the wrong end of a joke he told on the subject of Islam. It was so controversial that the organizers of the event, the Ilm Arts Festival, where the joke was told distanced him from it.
He issued an apology and took full responsibility for his actions. In a statement after the event, he said:
As a Muslim comedian I hold myself to the same set of standards expected of a Muslim in any other walk of life. It is our character and behavior that must be unimpeachable. And while humour is a necessary part of our humanity, I understand as well, that the best way for us to humour is to encourage better behaviour from all of us. I failed to do this. I am deeply disappointed in myself and endeavor to do better. I humbly ask that you join me in beseeching the most merciful, to accept my repentance.
Joey Rasdien Instagram
His official Instagram account has about 14,000 followers. He posts regular updates on his life as well as career. For reasons of personal privacy, Joey Rasdien wedding pictures have not been revealed to the public and as such cannot be viewed on this account. If you want to catch one of his shows live, his Instagram account is a great place to get updates on how, where and when. You can visit it by clicking here.
Joey Rasdien Twitter
His official Twitter account has way more followers than his Instagram, sitting at about 171,000 followers. There, apart from updates, he also posts his thoughts as well as jokes. You can view the account and follow him by clicking here.
That concludes it for our Joey Rasdien biography. Did you find it informative? Let us know in the comments below.
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