Celebrating South Africa with Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards
Kaya FM partnered up with the 4th Annual South African Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards this year. The evening highlighted stand-up, sketches, parody and comedy brilliance, where six of South Africa’s top comedians walked away with the industry’s top accolade – a prized Waldo statuette.
The awards, held at the Teatro at Montecasino has audiences treated to an impressive variety show featuring zombies, ridiculously funny musical ensembles and satirical routines.
Scooping up this year’s Waldo’s were:
- The Savanna Newcomer Award: Loyiso Madinga
- The Breakthrough Act Award: Kagiso KG Mokgadi
- The Times Comic’s Pen Award: Chester Missing
- The Savanna Audience Choice Award: Elton Mduduzi Ntuli
- The Lifetime Achiever Award: Mark Banks
- The Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year Award: Loyiso Gola
Show highlights included the event’s first ever fully vernacular set, which went down a storm, as well as the world premiere of ZANEWS’ latest music video, Wrecking Ball starring Thuli Madonsela’s puppet. A surprise return of Corné and Twakkie further fuelled rumours of a much-anticipated comeback for the duo.
John Vlismas, the show’s co-director, said, “Getting the show to this level has been quite a process”.
“Every year we refine the format and what we’re exceptionally pleased with now is the level of collaboration between artists and the tight, slick performances. This year’s format was more of a variety show than any of the previous years and content was straight down-the-line funny which was the whole point of the theme- to make people laugh,” he says.
The best events need the best partners to support them and the comedy industry thanks Savanna, Mzansi Magic, The Times and Kaya FM 95.9 for helping to build comedy history.