10th Annual Comics' Choice Awards
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2020 COMICS' CHOICE AWARDS
2020 has certainly proven to be the year for significant change. It was always the intention of the CCA team to make some fundamental changes for the 10th Birthday celebration, so on the positive side, it’s quite fitting.
The Comics’ Choice Awards is the longest-running, most successful comedy industry recognition platform on the continent.
For 2020, The CCA’s continues to evolve. With a record number of comedians continuing to register in South Africa and across the African continent, the CCA’s continues to hold the African Comedy flag high.
Ever innovating to improve the platform, 2020 sees the following changes being implemented:
Category timelines. The category timelines have been adjusted. This is done automatically by the system based on the start date you entered, so be sure to see which category you are in for 2020.
The Lifetime Achiever Award is replaced by the Comedy G Award, due to the timeline changes.
The Comic’s Pen Award category is being “put on ice” for 2020. We are not removing the category, and it will be reinstated in 2021. We are taking this year to better refine the category criteria to ensure it is of a higher, world-class standard.
There is a NEW Award category. The Online Comedy Award. This is to celebrate online comedy contributions and an exciting new channel of inclusiveness. Please be sure to read the category criteria for this award and enter if you meet the requirements.
We will be changing the format of the Newcomer Showcase. Instead of one showcase in JHB for 24 newcomers, we will be introducing 6 Newcomer showcases nationally. Allowing for up to 60 newcomers around the country to perform. We believe performing in your hometown/familiar region will ensure you give your best performance. All showcases will be filmed, streamed and available for everyone to view.
The nominee announcement will be made online. The top 5 nominees in each category will be announced digitally.
Once the 5 nominees in each category have been announced, the Audience Choice category is usually the only category that is re-opened for public voting. This year, we will be opening ALL categories to the public to vote for their favourite comedian out of the top five nominees.
The Main Awards Event and After Party may be moving to a different city! Keep an eye on the Comics’ Choice website and social pages for updates regarding this.
Once again, feedback gathered from the industry has been incorporated wherever possible. Upgraded definitions on the Terms and Conditions; Award categories and category entry eligibility criteria; Improvements to the system code and a revision of the voting process.
The organisers promise a smooth and seamless voting process. Still, another brilliant series of comedy industry gatherings to recognise your excellence.
The CCA’s remains a world-class celebration of African comedy talent.
2020 AWARD CATEGORIES
HERE ARE THE 11 AWARDS CATEGORIES FOR 2020:
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is made to a comedy act/duo who has a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years of professional experience. They have caught the attention of the industry for being gifted with delivery, originality and consistency.
To qualify for this award category,
the comedy act/duo needs to meet the following criteria:
Have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years *professional experience. (Professional meaning you have been paid for your performance.)
Performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year.
Supply 4 references from established comedians that will vouch that you have been paid to do comedy.
Dates: 27/04/2017 – 27/04/2020
HEADLINER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This category serves as an acknowledgement of those comedy acts/duos who are considered “established acts.” Having a dedicated fan-base and regular requests for appearances on radio, stage, television and corporate events, as well as possibly their own regular shows, but this is not prescribed.
In order to qualify for this award category, the comedy act/duo must have a minimum of 8 years and a maximum of 20 years professional experience and performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year.
Dates: 27/04/2000 - 26/04/2020
COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Comic of the Year is open to ALL registered South African comedy acts/duo in ALL categories. It is not limited by the number of year’s experience.
The comedy act/duo must have made a significant impact on the industry during the past 12 months. This can be defined by several criteria, including, but not limited to:
A notable radio or television appointment; a successful tour; international exposure or any other such achievement that has elevated the South African comedy industry significantly over the past year.
This award truly reflects the respect and admiration of the comedy industry as a whole.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
The audience is a significant player in the comedy industry. So in this category, every registered comedy act/duo is eligible and automatically entered. Audience Choice Award category is open to all South African and Pan African Comedians.
Comics are encouraged to use their public platforms to garner votes from their fans for the work they have done. The higher the visibility of an artist, the more likely they are to build an audience. With all artists contributing to audience building, a market that appreciates comedy will benefit all comedy practitioners.
Voting will be available through the Comics’ Choice Website Voting Portal.
All details for the voting process will be shared on the website under the “PUBLIC” voting tab once voting opens.
STAND UP COMEDY SHOW AWARD
Formerly "THE FLYING SOLO AWARD" This award is open to all registered comedy acts/duos that have PERFORMED a solo/two- handed stand-up show within their comedy careers. It is not limited to the past 12 months.
Each registered comedy act/duo is allowed to submit ONE ENTRY for this category. The show must conform to certain conditions to qualify,
such as the artist signing a venue lease; offering tickets through a professional ticketing service and having mounted a marketing campaign.
This category is open to South African Comedians Only.
BEST FRIEND OF COMEDY AWARD
This award is made to an individual, group, organization, media platform, brand, agency or other entity that has provided support, facilitated or championed South African comedy significantly in a non-performance capacity.
NEXT LEVEL AWARD
This category serves as a much-needed acknowledgement for those comedy acts/duos who find themselves in the “bridge” years between being a Newcomer and an established act. They have a dedicated fan-base and regular requests for appearances on radio, stage, television and corporate events. They may also have their own regular shows, but this is not prescribed.
In order to qualify for this award category, the comedy act/duo must have a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years professional experience and performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year.
Dates: 27/04/2012 – 26/04/2020
PAN AFRICAN COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is made to a comedy act/duo working in African Nations excluding South Africa. Who has done outstanding work to contribute to the elevation of comedy on the continent and globally.
To qualify for this award category, the comedy act/duo must meet the following criteria: Have a minimum of 1-year professional experience in African countries excluding South Africa. Supply 2 references from established comedians that will vouch that you have been paid to do comedy.
COMEDY G AWARD
This award is for a comedy act/duo that has put a minimum of 20 years of professional experience into their careers. They have put out great comedy regularly during the period of consideration, providing a living example of consistency, dedication and longevity to younger comedians.
To qualify for this award category, the comedy act/duo must have a minimum of 20 years of professional experience and performed 80% of their comedy work within South Africa over the last year.
NATIVE TONGUE AWARD
This award goes to a comedy act/duo that performs 80% of their material in local languages other than English and who has performed 80% of their comedy work within South Africa.
Only performers registered in this category will be eligible to vote in this category, ensuring that the results are a true and accurate reflection of quality in this genre.
To qualify for this award category, the comedy act/duo must have a minimum of 1-Year professional experience.
ONLINE COMEDY CONTENT AWARD
This award is open to all registered comedians and non-comedians who have successfully created and distributed great online comedy content. This content may be on several platforms. Namely Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Twitch, TikTok, Podcast and the rest of the social web that does not promote a show, business,
product or service.
Not necessarily high in production value or scale, voters are encouraged
to judge the originality and relevance of the content. As well as the shareability
of the work and its popularity within the comedy market.
The award is based on the success of the material
and not necessarily the artist.
Qualifying criteria includes:
Have a dedicated comedy channel
(ie fan page, YouTube channel, podcast, excludes community channels.)
A min of 12 short-form clips or sketches or content that have been created
solely for your channel.
They would need to have been visible on your platform within
the last 12 months or longer.
This category is restricted to comedians and non-comedians
in South Africa Only.