July 2016 -

Jul 29

CASPER DE VRIES HONOURED AT GRILLING OF A LIFETIME

The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® honoured South African comedy icon Casper De Vries the 2016 Lifetime Achiever.

Through groundbreaking use of multimedia and mastery of the sketch-show discipline, De Vries has built a massive and loyal fan base, and his revolutionary use of SMS-based marketing has allowed him to fill venues across South Africa and in several countries around the world, including the legendary London Palladium.

Straddling the fence between slapstick and deeply challenging dark comedy, De Vries has entertained across generations and cultural divides. His career has spanned several decades, and stage, television, radio and film. He is a performer, writer, painter and composer – with several one-man shows, seasons of smash hit TV series, cabarets, exhibitions and films under his belt.

“The first time I saw Casper perform, I wasn’t sure exactly what he was saying, but I knew I was watching something brilliant,” says fellow comedian John Vlismas. “Casper has inspired many, many new comics, and his bravery and refusal to compromise his beliefs make him a very worthy Lifetime Achiever.

De Vries was honoured at a very special event, “The Grilling of Lifetime”, at Parker’s Comedy Club, Montecasino, on 27 July. Fans of the great man arrived in their numbers for this incredible night, where performers Melt Sieberhagen, Monique Nortjé, Hannes Brümmer, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Mark Banks and John Vlismas paid tribute to De Vries.

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Jul 6

SA’S COMEDIANS CHOOSE THEIR FUNNIEST FAVOURITES

With support from Savanna Premium Cider, Edgars, Vuzu-Amp, Sunday World and Kaya FM 95.9

The press, registered comedians and other industry insiders gathered at iconic and upmarket Johannesburg bar, Katzy’s today in anticipation of big news.

The announcement of the nominees for the ten categories in The 6th Annual Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® (CCA) generates huge excitement amongst comedians as there are only ten awards up for grabs, and receiving one means your professional peers have bestowed the honour upon you.

In 2015 two new award categories were introduced (The Non-English Award;  The Best Friend of Comedy Award). 2016 sees the return of The Breakthrough Award – now awarded to any act in any category that has made a significant breakthrough during the course of the last 12 months.

Attendees couldn’t wait to hear who had made the cut, and stood a chance to take home a coveted Waldo statuette at the main show on September 3rd . Master jeweler, David Bolam crafts each Waldo by hand, and he was present to discuss his labour of love. Edgars were welcomed to the Comics’ Choice family with hoots and cheers of gratitude from the industry as they announced their sponsorship of the Edgars Comic Of The Year category.

“Every year, we are amazed at the quality of the results. It is very evident that the vast majority of comics who vote put a great deal of thought into their voting,” says Savanna CCA Project Co-ordinator, Jade Sellers.

The 2016 nominees are:

The Savanna Newcomer Comic:

  • Snooze Kambuwa
  • Farhan Esat
  • Ebenhaezer Dibakwane
  • Phil de Lange
  • Thabo Kgaphola aka Summary

The Intermediate Comic:

  • Virgil Prins
  • Elton Mduduzi Ntuli
  • Glen Biderman-Pam
  • Yaaseen Barnes
  • Alfred Adriaan

The Comics’ Pen:

  • Christopher Steenkamp
  • Kagiso Lediga
  • Mojak Lehoko
  • ZA News
  • Lazola Gola

The Best Friend of Comedy:

  • Goliath  & Goliath
  • David Kau/Blacks Only Brand
  • Cape Town Comedy Club
  • On Fire Comedy/Jess Knauf  & Jem Atkins
  • Gino Fernandez

The Flying Solo Comic:

  • Loyiso Gola
  • Marc Lottering
  • Alan Committie
  • Mashabela Galane
  • Skhumba Hlophe

The Non-English Comic:

  • Celeste Ntuli
  • Skhumba Hlophe
  • Chris Mapane
  • Mashabela Galane
  • Collen Chepi aka Salesman

The Edgars Comic Of The Year:

  • Loyiso Gola
  • Skhumba Hlophe
  • Boitumelo Osei-Tutu aka Tumi Morake
  • Mashabela Galane
  • Carvin Goldstone

The Breakthrough Comic:

  • Skhumba Hlophe
  • Alfred Adriaan
  • Virgil Prins
  • Celeste Ntuli
  • Dillan Oliphant

The Savanna Audience Choice Comic:

As always, this award allows the public a chance to have their say in who they think should take home a Waldo, and voting stays open until August 26th . If you want to win a VIP experience to the awards bash, vote now by SMS’ing your favourite comedian’s

unique code to 37303.

You can vote 20 times (if you can’t choose just one favourite comedian!)

  • Thabo Kgaphola aka SUMMARY unique code 64262
  • Godfrey Marosha unique code 36524
  • Gabriel Thaelo Dibe aka MALOME SHORTY unique code 39999
  • Elton Mduduzi Ntuli unique code 48936
  • Collen Chepi aka SALESMAN unique code 79867

The Lifetime Achiever Recipient:

And of course, in what has become the traditional high point of  The Savanna Comics’ Choice Press Lunch, the recipient of the Lifetime Achiever was announced.

Casper De Vries is undoubtedly a pioneer in South African comedy. His career has spanned television, film and stage.

In true CCA style, Casper de Vries will be ‘grilled’ by the cast of the recent hit Afrikaans stand-up extravaganza, “Magtag!” at Parker’s Comedy Club on July 27 th . To watch a panel of ‘grill masters’ hurl comedic insults in the most endearing way, book your tickets from the venue directly or through Computicket.

The main awards ceremony takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino on September 3rd.

This year top comedian and TV director, Rob van Vuuren takes the helm to direct what will no doubt be another hilarious variety show made up of sketches, stand-up, impressionists, celebrity performances, choreography and witty one liners delivered by SA’s top comedians.

Limited tickets are available to the public, so book now through TicketPro

Ticket prices from R 250.00.

The comedy industry thanks Savanna Premium Cider, Edgars, Savanna, Vuzu-Amp, Sunday World and Kaya FM 95.9 for helping to build comedy history.

 

Issued on behalf of Whacked Management by Flow SA.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, IMAGES PLEASE CONTACT Phindile Nxumalo
Email: phindile@flowsa.com | Mobile: 071 787 7002 or
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Jul 6

FUNNYMAN CASPER DE VRIES WINS 2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD

The Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards has just announced that the 2016 Lifetime Achiever recipient is South African comedy icon Casper De Vries.

Amid great hooting and cheering, the diminutive funnyman was on hand for the announcement.

Through groundbreaking use of multimedia and mastery of the sketch-show discipline, De Vries has built a massive and loyal fan base, and his revolutionary use of SMS-based marketing has allowed him to fill venues across South Africa and in several countries around the world, including the legendary London Palladium.

Straddling the fence between slapstick and deeply challenging dark comedy, De Vries has entertained across generations and cultural divides. His career has spanned several decades, and stage, television, radio and film. He is a performer, writer, painter and composer – with several one-man shows, seasons of smash hit TV series, cabarets, exhibitions and films under his belt.

“The first time I saw Casper perform, I wasn’t sure exactly what he was saying, but I knew I was watching something brilliant,” says fellow comedian John Vlismas. “Casper has inspired many, many new comics, and his bravery and refusal to compromise his beliefs make him a very worthy Lifetime Achiever.”

De Vries will be honoured at a very special event, “The Grilling of Lifetime”, at Parkers, Montecasino, on 27 July. Fans of the great man should book soon to avoid missing this incredible night, where other performers will pay tribute to De Vries. TICKETS through Computicket HERE