Originally open to USA contestants, this year it was kicked up a notch by opening up submissions to UK and South African artists as well. Some of SA’s youngest and hottest comedy acts entered the contest by submitting videos online, ultimately Loyiso Madinga and Tats Nkonzo were selected to represent South Africa at the English Montreux Comedy Contest Finale, which took place in Switzerland on the 7th December.
Congratulations to my main man @TatsNkonzo for winning the #montreuxcomedy contest!!! Repped South Africa like a boss — loyiso madinga (@LoyisoMadinga) December 7, 2014Other international acts who competed in the finale were Alex Smith and Chris Turner from the UK and Maureen Langan and Orlando Baxter from the USA.
FINALLY in Switzerland! @LoyisoMadinga @TatsNkonzo [SA] @orlandobaxter [USA] wth @takundabimha #MontreuxComedyContest pic.twitter.com/wFtQnsZKcN — PodiumComedy (@PodiumComedy) December 5, 2014
The international judges for the competition were Mick Perrin – UK, Renate Burger – Germany, Abdulla Mando - Saudi Arabia, Chloee Coqterre - France and Takunda Bimha- SA.