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

Full list of nominees for the SA Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards®

Savanna Comics Choice Awards

The fourth annual South African Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards are back and ready to honour those who made us laugh in the last year. The awards, in association with The Times, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM, are set to take place on the 2nd of August

The Savanna Newcomer Award:  Alfred Adriaan, Loyiso Madinga, Yaaseen Barnes, Glen Biderman-Pam, Bradford Keen


The Breakthrough Act Award: Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Deep Fried Man, Kagiso KG Mokgadi


The Comic’s Choice Comic Of The Year Award: Tumi Morake, Chester Missing, Loyiso Lungile Gola, Trevor Noah, Riaad Moosa


The Times Comic’s Pen Award: David KibuukaChester MissingLoyiso Lungile GolaKagiso LedigaChristopher Steenkamp


Lifetime Achiever: Mark Banks (there are no nominees in this category, just the recipient) – Go Mark Banks!


The Savanna Audience Choice Award: This is the only category that’s open to public vote, so voting stays open until 28 July.  If you want to win a VIP experience to the awards bash, vote now by SMS ing your favourite comedian’s unique code to 38374.


Mashabela Galane – Unique code – 1197

Sifiso Nene – Unique code – 1187

Elton Mduduzi Ntuli – Unique code – 1283

Thapelo TIPS Seemise – Unique code – 1150

Thabang Ramasenya – Unique code – 1284

You can vote up to twenty times for your favourite in this category. Tickets for the 2nd of August showdown at the Teatro in Montecasino can be purchased from Computicket. For more information check out the following links:

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Twitter: @ComicsChoice#SavannaCCA

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Deep Fried Man ready to kill… read more

Deep Fried Man

You’re back with your third one-man show… Danger! Gevaar! Ingozi! Is this your way of warning people about how risqué the content is?

The show is actually called Deep Fried Man Kills. In comedy terms ‘to kill’ is to have a great show, one where the audience laughs loudly and often. As opposed to ‘to die’ which is to do really badly. I called it Deep Fried Man Kills as a kind of parody of anti-smoking commercials or warning labels. So the ‘Danger! Gevaar! Ingozi!’ seemed to fit. Some of my content is risqué, though, that should be mentioned.


Tell us about the show then…

It’s an hour and a half of musical comedy, mainly on guitar but also some rapping. Because it’s so close to the elections there will be a lot of political songs. My stuff is often topical so there will be songs about all the usual suspects, such as Oscar, Sanral and Zuma. There are also some songs satirizing being white and Jewish in South Africa and a few about random topics such as sex and gluten. There is also an improvisational element, where I do a song based on audience suggestions.


We’ve been warned that we should attend with empty bladders. Any particular reason for that?

The promo material for the show has a ‘public service warning’ feel to it, and so it says ‘Be warned that this show will leave you in stiches, struggling to breathe or even losing control of your bladder’. All of which hints at the fact that the show will make you laugh a lot. But no-one is going to actually lose control of their bladder. I hope.

Where is this show?

It’s at the Joburg Theatre Fringe, at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein.

How do you get the middle class folk to leave the burbs and head into the CBD?

When I did my last show at a theatre in Sandton I noticed a lot of elderly white people coming to my show. I’m not ageist, or racist against my own people, but I’m hoping the change of venue will attract a young, culturally mixed crowd, the kind of crowd that is generally more responsive to what I do…

Deep Fried Man

Are you charging an arm and a leg to get in?

I am charging R150, which I think is the price of a kidney if you know the right people. An arm and a leg cost at least double that.


What will you buy with the big bucks earned from this show?

I will begin construction on the alterations I have planned for my home. Nothing fancy, just a firepool in case of emergencies, and maybe an ampitheatre and a chicken run.


Will you be taking the show to other parts of Mzansi?

I am hoping to take it to Cape Town and Durban later this year, and next year I’d be keen to look at other places too…


You were recently apart of the Comedy Central Roast. As one of the red carpet hosts, people expected you to be live up to Ryan Seacrest’s red carpet reporting style. So did you?

I’m no Ryan Seacrest, that’s for sure. I’m probably the last person you’d expect to host a red carpet which I think, strangely, is the reason that Comedy Central wanted me to host a red carpet.


How was the roast for you?

It was great to meet Jimmy Carr and have Somizi hit on me and have Jack Parow tell me he likes my stuff. I had fun.


Forget Kenny, how was the roast for Khanyi?

I think people didn’t pick on Khanyi much. It was her vagina that got roasted, while the rest of her seemed to remain in tact.


Where are you online?

You can find me on Twitter @DeepFriedMan, on Facebook, on Instagram @DeepFriedMan and on YouTube


Anything else you’d like to add?

Deep Fried Man loves you.

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