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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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