The Dan Nicholl Show – Season 8 Episode 7

Tales of adventure and global travels kept viewers gripped throughout on Wednesday night, with a variety of well known personalities appearing once more on the latest episode of The Dan Nicholl Show.

For the seventh episode of the lifestyle show’s eight season, brought to viewers in partnership with BrightRock on SuperSport , host Dan Nicholl was joined on the couch by adventurer and businesswoman Lee den Hond, popular comedian Richelieu Beaunoir and journeyman English footballer James Keene.

Den Hond, a founder of the Field of Dreams Foundation, told stories of both harrowing fear and remarkable success, sharing such experiences as finishing the 250km Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, being stabbed on the streets of New York, and brushing off her inexperience as a climber to become the third South Africa woman to summit Mount Everest in 2013.

“Climbing Everest was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Den Hond, who will launch her new book ‘What Happens When You Say Yes’ next month.

“My biggest challenge was the cold. The very first night at base camp was minus 21 degrees and the coldest it got for us was minus 34 on the night of the summit… so I developed a personal mantra and every morning I would say: ‘Lee, manage the cold. Don’t let the cold manage you’. It was a bit like life. You’ve got to manage the situation.”

Beaunoir had his fellow guests and the audience in stitches throughout the show, chatting about his Durban roots, his victory in Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and how his father introduced him to comedy.

“As a child my dad would give me a joke book on my birthday, and also on other occasions,” Beaunoir said.

“But the payoff was that every time he and his friends were partying together, I’d have to tell them jokes, so that’s what I did.”

Keene, a striker for SuperSport United, spoke about his brief appearance in the Premiership, skipping Christmas dinner to join an Israeli football club, and temporarily settling in Johannesburg in the latter stages of his career.

“It’s a very easy place to settle in,” said Keane, who donated a kit from his stint with Bidvest Wits for the #LoveChange Showcase.

“The language is English most of the time, though I do hear others in the changing rooms and I’ve learned some of the words, most of them bad. You’ve also got an outdoor lifestyle and there’s a lot of space outside Jo’burg to hike and walk. I like the golf courses too, and the weather here helps.”

Also featured on episode seven was an interview insert with 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Linkin Park bass player Dave Farrell on the sidelines of the recent Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Meanwhile, the third edition of The Dan Nicholl Show Invitational, hosted by The Eye of Africa in support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, was a tremendous success this week, raising a significant amount of money.

Highlights of the event will be aired on next week’s show.

“A huge thank you to BrightRock, to Eye of Africa, our ensemble of celebrities, and all the guests and sponsors at a sold out day,” Dan said, reaching out to everyone who made the event possible.

Catch the eighth season of The Dan Nicholl Show at 7pm every Wednesday on SuperSport and make sure to visit The Dan Nicholl Show website for more video clips from past seasons and more.

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