The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards, an unequalled celebration of African comedy excellence, mark its 9th spectacular year at the beautiful Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. It is the one night of the year where comedians, friends and fans of comedy come together to see who the comics of the continent have voted for as the best among them.
The CCA Yellow Carpet is always a highlight. Celebrities, comics, agents, promoters and media leaders were spotted making their way past the cameras and microphones to their seats for the anticipated show. The CCAs award show delivers sketch, music, dance and stand-up, in between handing out the best-looking award statues in South Africa.
The real stars of the show, however, were the 12 magnificent Waldo statuettes, created by master craftsman, David Bolam. With over 360 registered comedians eligible for the awards, taking home a Waldo means the industry has put you in the top 3.3% of the profession.
This year, the Waldos went to:
1. Best Friend of Comedy – Joe Parker
2. Savanna Newcomer – Chomi Ya Jeso
3. Next Level – Tsitsi Chiumya
4. Headliner of the Year – Mpho “Popps” Modikoane
5. Audience Choice Award – PelePele Mchunu
6. Savanna Pan African Comic of the Year – Long John The Comedian
7. Native Tongue – Siya Seya
8. Flying Solo – Celeste Ntuli
9. Comic’s Pen – Kagiso Lediga