ICON: Pieter-Dirk Uys

The man behind Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout is turning 70 this year and he’s finally hitting the big screen.

Pieter-Dirk Uys is the star of the documentary, Nobody’s Died Laughing, and there are some other celebs who make an appearance as well, including Hollywood star Charlize Theron, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk.

The doccie pays tribute to the comedian who has been controversial and funny for many years and has a long list of awards to prove it.

As Charlize puts it: “Society will always try and put us in a box of something that feels so comfortable and I think he was so hard to put in a box… he’s an enigma.”

Jack Parow, who does a special rap for the trailer, says the comic was a trailblazer: “People like Pieter-Dirk Uys and those people kind of opened things up for us.”

And acclaimed theatre director David Kramer says: “He is a complex and very interesting person.”

The man of the moment has always been in the spotlight but was always in character.

This doccie will take you behind the scenes, and behind the make-up, to get to know “the real” Pieter-Dirk Uys.

He says: “I had to create a character, otherwise I would have never had the courage to have an opinion.”

Nobody’s Died Laughing hits cinemas on July 29.