The press, registered comedians and other industry insiders gathered at iconic and upmarket Johannesburg bar, Katzy’s today in anticipation of big news.
The announcement of the nominees for the ten categories in The 6th Annual Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® (CCA) generates huge excitement amongst comedians as there are only ten awards up for grabs, and receiving one means your professional peers have bestowed the honour upon you.
In 2015 two new award categories were introduced (The Non-English Award; The Best Friend of Comedy Award). 2016 sees the return of The Breakthrough Award – now awarded to any act in any category that has made a significant breakthrough during the course of the last 12 months.
Attendees couldn’t wait to hear who had made the cut, and stood a chance to take home a coveted Waldo statuette at the main show on September 3rd . Master jeweler, David Bolam crafts each Waldo by hand, and he was present to discuss his labour of love. Edgars were welcomed to the Comics’ Choice family with hoots and cheers of gratitude from the industry as they announced their sponsorship of the Edgars Comic Of The Year category.
“Every year, we are amazed at the quality of the results. It is very evident that the vast majority of comics who vote put a great deal of thought into their voting,” says Savanna CCA Project Co-ordinator, Jade Sellers.
The 2016 nominees are:
The Savanna Newcomer Comic:
Phil de Lange
Thabo Kgaphola aka Summary
The Intermediate Comic:
Elton Mduduzi Ntuli
The Comics’ Pen:
The Best Friend of Comedy:
Goliath & Goliath
David Kau/Blacks Only Brand
Cape Town Comedy Club
On Fire Comedy/Jess Knauf & Jem Atkins
The Flying Solo Comic:
The Non-English Comic:
Collen Chepi aka Salesman
The Edgars Comic Of The Year:
Boitumelo Osei-Tutu aka Tumi Morake
The Breakthrough Comic:
The Savanna Audience Choice Comic:
As always, this award allows the public a chance to have their say in who they think should take home a Waldo, and voting stays open until August 26th . If you want to win a VIP experience to the awards bash, vote now by SMS’ing your favourite comedian’s
unique code to 37303.
You can vote 20 times (if you can’t choose just one favourite comedian!)
Thabo Kgaphola aka SUMMARY unique code 64262
Godfrey Marosha unique code 36524
Gabriel Thaelo Dibe aka MALOME SHORTY unique code 39999
Elton Mduduzi Ntuli unique code 48936
Collen Chepi aka SALESMAN unique code 79867
The Lifetime Achiever Recipient:
And of course, in what has become the traditional high point of The Savanna Comics’ Choice Press Lunch, the recipient of the Lifetime Achiever was announced.
Casper De Vries is undoubtedly a pioneer in South African comedy. His career has spanned television, film and stage.
In true CCA style, Casper de Vries will be ‘grilled’ by the cast of the recent hit Afrikaans stand-up extravaganza, “Magtag!” at Parker’s Comedy Club on July 27 th . To watch a panel of ‘grill masters’ hurl comedic insults in the most endearing way, book your tickets from the venue directly or through Computicket.
The main awards ceremony takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino on September 3rd.
This year top comedian and TV director, Rob van Vuuren takes the helm to direct what will no doubt be another hilarious variety show made up of sketches, stand-up, impressionists, celebrity performances, choreography and witty one liners delivered by SA’s top comedians.
Limited tickets are available to the public, so book now through TicketPro.
Ticket prices from R 250.00.
SOURCE: Flow Communications