• Comics' Choice Awards


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.