Trevor Noah shows us how to dream REAL BIG


On Monday news spread across the Net about South African comedian, Trevor Noah being named the next host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. The 31 year old will take over from the highly acclaimed Jon Stewart later this year. This is big…. REAL BIG.

There are only a handful of South African stars who have cracked the notorious American market, including:

  • Actress Charlize Theron
  • Actors Sharlto Copley and Arnold Vosloo
  • Grammy winners, The Soweto Gospel Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Supermodel Candice Swanepoel

And now Mr. Trevor Noah! So why is this such a big deal? Well for a number of reasons.

For one, Trevor isn’t American – obviously. There have been several murmurs online with people saying it isn’t fair that a woman wasn’t given the role. According to Comedy Central they considered both men and women, but Trevor was the one who really stood out.Some really bored people who also decided to trawl through his 8000+ tweets to try and find some dirt on him. They found a few from 2011 and 2012, that have now caused a major stir. Blah blah blah… He’s a comedian who pokes fun and anyone and everyone, including himself.  Do comedians always take the moral high ground? Do they never offend? Thought so, so these haters must just stop hating and JBS. He brings in an international audience and potentially newer, more compelling content that isn’t totally America. I think that’s what the talk show scene needs.

Trevor must be the youngest personality to be given such a gig. So that’s also huge, but if we look at his rise to global fame, we can see how well and cleverly crafted this career move was by him and his team. Trevor has been doing stand up comedy for quite some time now. He has traveled far and wide and picked up a huge following in the process. He pokes fun and everyone and his whit really has won over millions. He not only hosted a radio show in SA for a short while, but he also had two relatively successful seasons of his talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He was clearly keen on that format and perhaps he was already gunning for a bigger platform like the Daily Show, after the show came to an end in SA? Hence his many gigs and hours, days, months spent in the US. After just three short appearances on The Daily Show, he clearly wowed and impressed enough because this is where we are now.

So while many will no doubt look and analyze at the brand that is Trevor Noah in more detail, there’s one thing that really stands out for me. He has once again inspired millions of South Africans (young, old, black, coloured, white, gay, straight) to dream big, set their goals and aspirations high and go for it. It is possible and it can be achieved. Just work hard, hustle harder and make your destiny becomes your reality. I lost focus of my goals a few years back, but I’m back on track now and I’m not holding back.

I’m so incredibly proud of Trevor Noah and the other maybe lesser-known South Africans doing so well abroad. You’ve inspired, you’re making us aspirational and you deserve the success you’re so rightfully enjoying. We will support you all the way and know.

Pictures from the Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards

The fourth, annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards took place in Montecasino, Johannesburg on Saturday the 2nd of August. Those who make us laughter constantly turned up to be apart of the festivities. I’ll bring you a few of my awkward moments in another post, for now here’s a look at who was rocking the yellow carpet.

As British comedienne, Miranda says… #SuchFun!

Here are the winners from this year’s Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards:

  • 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

#AMVCA – full list of winners

Harriet Manamela, Sara Blecher, Thomas Gumede and Nolwazi Shange in Lagos, Nigeria for the AMVCAs - 09/03/2013
Harriet Manamela, Sara Blecher, Thomas Gumede and Nolwazi Shange in Lagos, Nigeria for the AMVCAs – 09/03/2013

Last night the inaugural AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards took place in Lagos, Nigeria. The awards honoured some of the continent’s top film and TV talent and judging by the amount of support and the turnout, people are impressed by the content coming out of Africa. We covered the awards in real time i.e. in addition to social media, we were blogging, uploading pictures and interviewing the winners as they walked off the stage via my beloved ipad. You can check all of that content out here

Check out a full list of winners below.

Best Movie (Comedy)

Skeem Tim Greene


Best Movie (Drama)

The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye


Best Movie (Overall)

Otelo Burning Sara Blecher


Best Television Series

The XYZ Show Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie Lora-Mungai


Best Local Language – Swahili

The Ray of Hope  Sameer Srivastava/Sanjni Srivastava


Best Local Language – Yoruba

Maami Tunde Kelani


Best Local Language – Hausa

Faida Nura A Ali and Hafizu Bello


Best Movie Director

Man on Ground Akin Omotoso


Best Writer (Drama)

The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye and Amaka Obi Emelonye


Best Writer (Comedy)

Skeem Tim Greene


Best Cinematographer

Man on Ground Paul Michelson


Best Short Film

Yellow Fever Ngendo Mukii


Best Art Director

Otelo Burning Anita van Hemert and Chantel Carter


Best Costume Designer

The Mirror Boy Ngozi Obasi


Best Make-up Artist

Otelo Burning Jacqui Bannermen


Best Lighting Designer

Otelo Burning Dave Howe


Best Picture Editor

Man on Ground Aryan Kaganof


Best Sound Editor

Man on Ground Micheal Botha and Joel Assaizky


Best Actor – Comedy

House a Part Hafiz Oyetoro


Best Actor – Drama

Two Brides and a Baby OC Ukeje

Best Actress – Comedy

Dumebi – the Dirty Girl Mercy Johnson


Best Actress – Drama

Perfect Picture Jackie Appiah


Best Supporting Actor – Drama

A Good Catholic Girl Matthew Nabwiso


Best Supporting Actress – Drama

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2012 Comics Choice Awards – nominees

The second annual Comics Choice Awards are set to take place in Johannesburg on the 10th of July. It’s going to be a great event… well if some of the nominees is anything to go by. I really think the comedy scene in SA is one of the strongest in the globe and I think no matter who you are or where you come from, you will enjoy comedy. Why? Because we all enjoy a laugh and we all need to laugh too. Anyways, enough with the preaching. Find below a list of this year’s nominees.

Newcomer Award:
Donovan Goliath
Dillan Oliphant
Monique Nortje
Jason Goliath

Blackberry Breakthrough Award:
Robby Collins
Mpho Popps Modikoane
Deep Fried Man
Tats Nkonzo

The Times Comic Pen Award:
Kagiso Lediga
Loyiso Lungile Gola
Alyn Adams
Vittorio Leonardi

Comic of the Year Award:
Trevor Noah
Nik Rabinowitz
Loyiso Lungile Gola
Riaad Moosa

Lifetime Achiever Award:
Joe Parker
Audience Choice Award:
Deep Fried Man
Sifiso Nene
Eddi Eckstein
Trevor Noah

On the 26th of June, Joe Parker will getting a “Grilling of a Lifetime” at Parkers. The line-up of grillers needs to be finalised but so far it looks like Marks Banks and John Vlismas are on the cards and Mel Miller will be the chairman for the night. For more details on this and the awards, visit the official site on

Joan Rivers kills me

I just tweeted to Joan Rivers saying I haven’t wet my pants for as long as I can remember. Thanks Mom for the potty training, but if there’s one individual who could make me piss myself, it would have to be the legendary Joan Rivers. Man, this woman cracks me up. Look at this clip of her on the David Letterman Show this week. I die!


2012 Golden Globes- Jean DuJardin wins Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Biel presented the award for the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Jean DuJardin, The Artist

“Thank you to the Hollywood Poreign Press. I think all of us at one time we all get told no. Your face is too big. Except I thought my eyebrows were independent of my face. I always fought for my instinct to be in movies. Thank you, Merci.”

Trevor Noah to feature on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week

Congratulations to South African comedian, Trevor Noah. The star, who is currently in the USA, will make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this coming Friday. Big news for him, the industry and what an awesome way to kick off the New Year. He’ll be featured alongside Hollywood royalty Glenn Close and another guest Van Hunt.

We’ll no doubt get to see the episode on CNBC Africa on DStv soon. I’ll find out when it airs so that both you and I can set our reminders to see how Mr Noah gets on. Nice one Trevor, on your way to super stardom!

UPDATE: You can catch Trevor Noah on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this coming Tuesday at 9pm, channel 410 on DStv.

Katy Perry ‘bounces’ back at Sesame Street debacle

Katy Perry is one of the biggest names in the world of entertainment at the moment. Her new album, Teenage Dream has hit the top of the charts around the world; she’s happily engaged and well things just couldn’t be better for her. Last week however, was a little different for the star. TV execs pulled her appearance off the linear broadcast of 41st season of Sesame Street, after their web preview sparked a massive outrage from parents of the young viewers- some even went as far as to ‘rename’ the show to “sex-with-me Street” Urgh! The issue was regarding the “inappropriate” outfit she wore during the reworked version of her song ‘Hot N Cold’. The show is geared towards an audience of ages one to six and the low-cut boob tube top didn’t leave much up to the imagination. Snore, boring blah blah!

So Katy has hit back this weekend, poking fun at the whole debacle on SNL. Check it out:

Emmys 2010- Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie

Neil Patrick Harris ‘thanks’ the academy for allowing a gay man to present the awards two years in a row- Jimmy Fallon ha! He presents the award for the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy series Edie Falco for her role as Nurse Jackie. She believes she’s not funny and was “Beyond speechless”

Emmys 2010: Best Director in a Comedy- Ryan Murphy for Glee

The Directing in a Comedy series goes to Ryan Murphy for his directing duties in Glee. Among others he thanked, Tom For for his tux (I would too), his cast whom he loves and to everyone who believes in the arts and arts education.