Joey Rasdien


The smart guys over at the local NGO arm of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health knew what they were doing when they signed up Joey Rasdien as the wise-cracking voice of Victor in their Scrutinize campaign. Designed to combat what they call "Aids fatigue� the creators of the animated skit woke up the young to the epidemic by combining a South Park cartoon-style with a uniquely South African township attitude that Rasdien was perfectly poised to embrace. One of the coolest cats on the stand- up circuit with his uncontrollable afro, Rasdien's performance in Bunny Show, the surprise hit that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival a few years back catapulted him into the comedic big time. Rasdien is working on his own sitcom Rasdien for SABC2, a stand up comedy documentary with Anant Singh, and two movies. � Tanya Pampalone

Lunch spot: Bismillah, Fordsburg, Johannesburg