Savanna Comic’s Choice nominees announced

By Drum Digital
27 June 2014

Ayanda Sitole attended the launch of the Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards, which was a taste of more hilarious things to come.

The 4th Annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards were launched with a ‘bang’ at popular comedy club, Parkers, in Montecasino.

The build-up to the ceremony began in May this year when Savanna hosted its Best New Comer award ceremony at the Soweto theatre.

Liezl Dippenaar, Senior Brand Manager for Savanna, said the idea for creating the awards was inspired by South Africa’s comedic culture, which she describes as based “a dry sense of humour.”

This can be seen with seasoned comedian Kagiso Lediga who takes on the lead role in their hilarious ad campaigns for the new Savanna Black cider.

The launch event, held on Wednesday, was hosted by Loyiso Madinga who is also nominated with four others in the Best New Comer category.

Madinga kept the audience in stitches when he poked fun at his colleagues while telling jokes which he says “can only be understood by comedians.” In return, fellow comics would heckle him from the audience, with every attempt he made to make them laugh.

True to the nature of the event, several comedians took to the stage to entertain the audience with 10 minute sketches.

Comedian Robbie Collins, 27, tackled issues around the FIFA Soccer World Cup, and took a dig at the Ethiopian soccer squad saying, “They should have qualified, surely so that they can order room service.”

It wouldn’t have been a  complete sketch if Oscar Pistorius’ name did not come up, to which Collins said he gave thanks to the Paralympic who is on trial for murdering his girlfriend. “For the first time on Valentine’s Day, my girlfriend didn’t want a gift. She was just happy to be alive,” he said.

If the performances at the launch are anything to go by, it seems comedy lovers will have a feast of laughter when the official award ceremony takes place at the Teatro at Montecasino on 2 August 2014.

The Audience Choice Award, which one of the most sought after titles are open to public vote. Voting is open until the 28 July, an sms can be sent to 38374, voters can vote up to 20 times.

The Nominees are:

The Savanna Newcomer Award: Alfred Adriaan, Loyiso Madinga, Yaaseen Barnes, Glen Biderman-Pam, Bradford Keen

The Breakthrough Act Award: Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Deep Fried Man, Kagiso KG Mokgadi

The Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year Award: Tumi Morake, Chester Missing, Loyiso Lungile Gola, Trevor Noah, Riaad Moosa

The Times Comic's Pen Award: David Kibuuka, Chester Missing, Loyiso Lungile Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Christopher Steenkamp

Lifetime Achiever: Mark Banks (there are no nominees in this category, just the recipient) – Go Mark Banks!

The Savanna Audience Choice Award:

Mashabela Galane - Unique code - 1197

Sifiso Nene - Unique code - 1187

Elton Mduduzi Ntuli - Unique code - 1283

Thapelo TIPS Seemise - Unique code – 1150

Thabang Ramasenya - Unique code - 1284 - by Ayanda Sitole

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