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THE 9th ANNUAL SAVANNA COMICS’ CHOICE AWARDS CATEGORIES

Here are the 12 Award Categories for 2019:

SAVANNA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is made to a comic or comedy duo act who has a minimum of 1 year professional experience, and a maximum of 2, that has caught the attention of the industry for being gifted with delivery, originality and consistency.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 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 and can supply 4 references from established comedians.

 

24 randomly selected Newcomers will also have the opportunity to perform at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase.

 

Dates:  18/02/2017 – 18/02/2018

NEXT LEVEL AWARD

This category serves as a much-needed acknowledgement for those comics or comedy duo act who find themselves in the “bridge” years between being a Newcomer and an established act with a dedicated fan-base and regular requests for appearances on radio, stage, television and corporate events, as well as possibly their own regular solo shows, but this is not prescribed.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years professional experience and performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year.

 

Dates: 18/02/2015 – 17/02/2017

LIFETIME ACHIEVER RECIPIENT

This prestigious award is made to a comic or comedy duo act with 25 years or more experience in comedy. This person/duo act is voted as having not only dedicated their lives to comedy, but having made an invaluable contribution to the industry.

 

The award also qualifies the recipient for their very own “Grilling of a Lifetime” show, a once-off, limited experience for comedy fans and comedians alike.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 25 years professional experience.

 

Date: 18/02/1994

THE HEADLINER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This category serves as an acknowledgement of those comics or comedy duo acts who are considered “established acts” with 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 you must have a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 12 years professional experience and performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year.

 

Dates:  18/02/2007 - 17/02/2015

SAVANNA PAN AFRICAN COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is made to a comic or comedy duo working outside South Africa who has done outstanding work to contribute to the elevation of comedy on the continent and globally. While there is only capacity for one Award for Africa currently, plans are in motion to diversify this award in the future.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 1 year professional experience, and supply 2 references from established comedians.

 

Date: 18/02/2018

COMEDY G AWARD

This award is for comedians or comedy duo acts that have put a minimum of 12 years professional experience into their careers. These are the stalwarts of the industry, who put out great comedy night after night all over the country.

 

This award is made by the comedy industry to the “long-distance runners” who simply grab the mic and work the room. The Comedy “G” is a reminder of the comedians who show consistency and dedication to their industry.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 12 years professional experience and performed 80% of their comedy work within South Africa over the last year.

 

Date: 17/02/2007

BEST FRIEND OF COMEDY AWARD

This award is made to the 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.

 

Dates: 18/02/2018

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

We acknowledge that the audience is a huge player in the industry, and so every registered comic or comedy duo is eligible, regardless of their experience in the industry. This category is no longer restricted to comedians in South Africa only and the Pan African Comedians will be eligible as well.

 

Comics are encouraged to use their public platforms to distribute their unique codes and garner votes from their fans for the work they have done

 

Details for the voting process will be shared on the website when voting opens.

 

Date: 18/02/2018

SAVANNA COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Savanna Comic of the Year is considered the apex of the Comics’ Choice Awards.  It is open to all registered comedians or comedy duo acts in all categories and is not limited by the number of year’s experience.

 

This comic must have made a significant impact on the industry.  This can be defined as a significant radio or television appointment, a major tour, international exposure or any other such achievement that elevates 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.

 

Date: 18/02/2018

NATIVE TONGUE AWARD

This award goes to a comic or comedy duo that performs 80% of their material in local languages other than English and who have performed 80% of their comedy work within South Africa over the last year.

 

Only performers who perform 80% of their material in vernacular languages may vote in this category, ensuring that the results truly reflect quality in this genre accurately.

 

In order to qualify for this award category you must have a minimum of 1 year professional experience.

 

Date: 18/02/2018

FLYING SOLO AWARD

This award is open to all registered comedians or comedy duo acts that have PERFORMED a solo/two handed stand-up show within their comedy career.  No time-frame is specified in which the show needs to have been performed - there are many comedians who have produced great solo shows, but not necessarily in the preceding 12 months, which should be eligible.

 

Each registered comic 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 and has been performed in South Africa.

 

Date: 18/02/2019

COMIC'S PEN AWARD