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SA’s choice of Comics



The SA Comic’s Choice Awards, which allows local professional comedians to vet each other and vote for who they believe should walk away with one of six Waldo statuettes is being held at Montecasino in Johannesburg next month.

As July 10th approaches, the producers of South Africa’s youngest and most impressive comedy awards show are climbing the walls trying to keep secrets.

‚All we are prepared to say at this point,‚ says a usually talkative John Vlismas, ‚Is that we have top, top comedy names involved, we have some intricate safety issues, some very talented dancers, and a disclaimer we are still trying to word‚Ķ It’s shaping up to be another spectacular evening, just try not to get any on your bowtie‚Ķ‚

The SA Comic’s Choice Awards allows the majority of professional local comedians to register, vet each other and vote for who they believe should be honoured with one of six magnificent Waldo statuettes.

The show itself is unique, with no speeches allowed, only short comedy sets by each winner, as well as a mental concoction of comedy variety that won’t be seen anywhere else.

‚I’m not the creative side if this team, but I do know that once you put one of the best comedians in the country together with his award-winning sister, and let them collaborate with the acts they love and admire‚Ķ and add to that the budget provided by Savanna, the official drink of funny ‚ you are bound to be part of something very special‚Ķ we are on the edge of our chairs, but from what we’ve heard and seen so far‚Ķ book now‚Ķ.‚ Says Taffia Keight.

This year, the team also presents a preliminary event ‚ ‚The Grilling Of A Lifetime‚ where a ‚board of directors‚ chaired by Mel Miller, will deliver a lambasting second to none, tearing the 2012 Lifetime Achiever recipient apart at Parkers on June 26th.

‚This is a new addition to The Comic’s Choice Award Itinerary‚ , says Keight. We wanted to honour the Lifetime recipient in the most loving way possible for the comedy industry ‚ we have gathered a board of comics who have made a name for themselves by being outspoken, controversial and uncensored. This event is rated R, not for the faint of heart, but promises to be unforgettable.‚

The Nominees for 2012:

The Times Comic’s Pen Award

Kagiso Lediga

Alyn Adams

Loyiso Gola

Vittorio Leonardi

The Audience Choice Award

Sifiso Nene

Trevor Noah

Eddie Eckstein

Deep Fried Man

The Newcomer Award

Jason Goliath

Dillan Oliphant

Donovan Goliath

Monique Nortjé

The BlackBerry Breakthrough Act Award

Deep Fried Man

Robby Collins

Tats Nkonzo

Mpho ‚Popps‚ Modikoane

The Comic of the Year Award

Riaad Moosa

Trevor Noah

Nik Rabinowitz

Loyiso Gola

The Lifetime Achiever Award

Joe Parker


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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival



Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download



Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.


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