Entries for the Savanna Comics Choice Comedy Awards are now open, calling for comedians to enter for the 11th edition which is set to take place in April 2024.
The awards is a celebration for both established and up-coming comedians from South Africa and the rest of the African continent: “We bring the entire industry together to celebrate their peers and we want everyone else to celebrate them too.”
“It’s called ‘Comics’ Choice’, because comedians vote for comedians – they review the entries and choose who gets nominated. Four of the 12 categories go out for public voting once the nominees are announced in February 2024,” reads the awards’ website.
Comics Choices awards also provides a launch pad for comics who want to build a career out of comedy business:
“The awards? Think of them as the Oscars, but for those brave souls who chose punchlines over poignant pauses. Established to benefit the comedy industry, the awards give recognition to those who choose comedy as their career, and ensure that SA’s comedy scene is recognised as globally competitive, healthy and thriving.”
The awards made a triumphant return this year after two years hiatus due to covid pandemic and other issues. Fast forward to now, the awards come back under the stewardship of Manuela Dias de Deus, managing director of One-eyed Jack: “By taking on the reins, our aim is to rebuild the platform, to support new talent and to profile and celebrate industry icons. We’re doing our bit to help SA’s incredible talent shine.”
“The Comics’ Choice Awards is a platform to showcase long-standing and up-and-coming local talent and to collaborate on how the industry grows and becomes a sustainable livelihood for these talented comedians,” said Manuela.