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”.
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.
- 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’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, according to the list of South Celebrities and Net Worth in 2021.