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Six of The Best Honoured At The 4th Annual South African Savanna Comics Choice Awards

In a smashing evening of stand-up, sketches, parody and comedy brilliance, six of South Africa’s top comedians walked away with the industry’s top accolade – a prized Waldo statuette.

The 4th Annual South African Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards® (CCA) was a hit!  Held on 2 August 2014 at The Teatro at Montecasino, audiences were treated to an impressive variety show featuring zombies, ridiculously funny musical ensembles and satirical routines. Did we mention zombies?

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

Newcomer Loyiso Madinga killed it at The Savanna Newcomer Showcase in May, so it’s hardly a surprise that the industry voted him tops in his category. Conrad Koch’s infamous puppet Chester Missing was honoured for the art of the written word in The Times Comic’s Pen Award category – and as one of the country’s most prolific writers, we salute him.  Mark Banks was acknowledged as the Lifetime Achiever for his contribution to SA’s comedy landscape as a genuinely interesting, alternative comic with over 25 years in the industry. Elton Mduduzi Ntuli garnered the most votes in The Savanna Audience Choice Award category, which is the only award open to public vote; and Cape Town’s Kagiso KG Mokgadi topped the breakthrough category.  But perhaps the most prestigious award that a comic can win is the one voted for by the full industry as SA’s best comedian; The Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year Award, so congratulations to Loyiso Gola, one of our most gifted, hardworking and talented entertainers.

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.

Of course, as is always the case with comedy, controversial content’s thrown in for good measure, this time in the format of Riaad Moosa appearing as Shrien Dewani in a rap collaboration with Nik Rabinowitz.  Breaking into song with Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’ (as ‘Pistorious’), it sure was one a moment the audience won’t forget any time soon.

“Getting the show to this level has been quite a process,” comments John Vlismas, the show’s co-director.  “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.”

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.


Event Information:

Event Info: www.comicschoice.co.za

Email: info@comicschoice.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sa.comics.choice.awards

Twitter: @ComicsChoice: #SavannaCCA

Tickets: Computicket (www.computicket.co.za)

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John Vlismas is back. And this time he has brought the fate of mankind with him. After the extraordinary success of the multimedia feast that was ‘40’ last year, John Vlismas has embarked on an exploration through the fiery depths of the world coming to an end. The anarchic comedian has ruffled some feathers, insulted some Afrikaans icon that likes to speed on the highway and show us all his take current affairs, but ‘Revelations’ promises to be something a bit different from what he has done in the past.

Every generation is determined to believe in the world ending in their lifetime, from Mayan calendars to the Big Kill, to particle experiments gone wrong, even Obama being the Antichrist, and yet we always survive.

This is the one of the themes of Vlismas’ latest orgy of dark belly laughter.  Other nerves he promises to attack with razors are: family, friends, children, peace, hope, faith and charity, as well as an all-out attack on the current president, or “that totally busted thief of an **shole” as he refers to the head of state.

Vlismas also says that while he has focused on massive production design recently, this show will also be a return to basics – “comedy is an intimate act between me and you, f*** the tricks and whistles, this show is about the jokes, the speed, the taboos – I’m going back to basics here, more laughs per minute… there’ll be some nice touches, but this is all about me and the crowd having a really good time…”

“As middle age advances, I feel the urgency to poke holes in accepted reality increase… we’re running out of time to point out the flaws in our own plot, and the arc has already peaked – so this show is to make sure that no stone has been left unturned, and by stone, I mean racism, corruption and mentally retarded country singers called Sunette.”

He describes his show as a “sacred cow apocalypse” while his mother claims it is a “surgical tour de force to be reckoned with” (she may have been drinking, it was already late morning when we called.) His father commented, “Oh, Christ, is he still trying to be funny?” and a former geography teacher was heard to say – “he’s very odd, I’m not surprised the other boys tried to kill him.” We say “revelations” is a razor sharp rampage, a stand-up monster tap dancing across your mind. Open up, here he comes…

Catch John Vlismas, in his usual foul but thought-provoking mood with sound, lights and jokes that will leave your brain begging to be hosed down.

Seriously, you don’t want to miss this extravaganza of your mind going ‘I can’t believe he just said that and I just saw that!’ Who knows, there just might be a well-known local music act that performs at the show but you will just have to go and find out for yourself, won’t you.
“Revelations” – Sacred Cow Apocalypse.

The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino Complex, JHB.

 23 & 24 May 2014 – 2 Nights, 3 shows only.

 Tickets are available now at Computicket





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