Biography of Deep Fried Man & Net Worth 2024

Biography of Deep Fried Man & Net Worth 2024.

Daniel Friedman (born 9 January 1981), known on stage as Deep Fried Man, is a South African musical comedian and writer based in Johannesburg. He describes what he does as “stand-up comedy with a guitar”. He adopted his stage name, a play on his real name, because “it went along with the kind of musical comedy I wanted to do, which was an unhealthy kind of comedy”.

Early life

Friedman is the son of political analyst and newspaper columnist Steven Friedman and is Jewish.

From 1999 to 2002, he studied journalism, philosophy and drama at Rhodes University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Wits University in 2010.


After university, Friedman worked in journalism and social media.

He performed alternative folk music in Johannesburg prior to becoming a comedian. He made the transition to professional comedy after being declared joint winner of the 2010 Comedy Showdown hosted by Joe Parker, as a result of which he got to perform in the 2010 UN Comedy Show alongside top local and international comedians. He was voted Best Newcomer at the first Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards held at the Teatro, Montecasino, in January 2011.

He has performed in various comedy shows including the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Tshwane Comedy Fiesta, UJ Rag’s One Night Stand, Loads of Laughs, 46664’s It’s No Joke, Jew Must Be Joking and Blacks Only. He was the supporting act for Trevor Noah’s one-man show Scratch That at The Fringe in the Joburg Theatre Complex in 2010 and has performed in his own one-man show Deeply Fried in 2011, and the more satirical White Whine in 2012. His debut one-man show Deeply Fried won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

In 2020 old tweets made by Friedman which had previously resulted in a feud arising with Willem Petzer and complaints being laid against Friedman resurfaced bringing fresh life to the feud with Petzer, resulting in new complaints being laid with The Citizen. Friedman was suspended from his position as online editor while an internal investigation was conducted, in February of 2020 the investigation was concluded and Friedman was found guilty of bringing The Citizen into ill repute and was dismissed from his position as online news editor.


  • 2010 Nando’s Jozi Comedy Festival’s Comedy Showdown – joint winner with Dillan Oliphant
  • 2011 Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards – Best Newcomer
  • 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award

Deep Fried Man Net Worth

Deep Fried Man has an estimated net worth of $200,000 which he has earned as a comedian.