South Africa: The Freshest Faces in Comedy Set to Perform At the Savanna Newcomer Showcase

Cape Town — Savanna Comics' Choice Awards have confirmed the 24 newcomer comedians who will take to the stage on Sunday 19 May 2019 to perform live at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase at the Soweto Theatre.

This group of funny men and women come from seven of our nine provinces, highlighting both Savanna's and the Savanna CCA's ongoing commitment to showcasing young talent from as many regions of the country as possible.

There was an unprecedented number of registrations this year with a total of 35 newcomers in the category, with 11 additional comedians still eligible to be voted for but will not be performing on the night.

And here they are (in no particular order):

Leah Jasmine Reed

Mfundo Mhlongo

Cyril Basker

Sandile Kunene

Molaba Mkhulu

Ludwe Obiya

Liyabona Dyulethe

Legadimana Maisela

Itumeleng Adolf Mohale

Emilio Tobias

Masibonge Mndende

Bradley van Wyk

Byron Davel

Ian Young

Robyn Dunlop

Kgomotso Kgatle

Waylene Beukes

Khaya Mdaka

Lindelani Sibanda

James Mahlokwane

Ntsika Ngini-Ngini

Reagen Allen

Ismail Moses

Eugene Vanacore

For many of these 24 comedians, Sunday will be their first time performing to a large live audience, and each will have five minutes to deliver their punchlines before being ushered off. The Savanna Newcomer Showcase was created to give these new comedians a stage to show the industry and comedy-loving public what they're made of. Their performance will go some way towards the final industry voting, which will determine who the five nominees will be in this category.

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.

Savanna Premium Cider will fly the comedians to Johannesburg and host them ahead of and during the Showcase.

Tsitsi Chiumya, who won last year's Savanna Newcomer of the Year Award as well as a SAFTA and is a rising star in SA comedy, will be this year's host. The Savanna Newcomer Showcase takes place on Sunday 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg.

The pre-show party with food, drink & DJ's starts at 14:30, the show starts at 16:30. It's sold out every year, so hurry and book your seats.

Tickets are R250 and include a Savanna Premium Cider and a meal. Click here to get your tickets.

No under 16's. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. #SavannaCCA

Visit for more information and to buy tickets to the 9th Annual South African Comics' Choice Awards on Saturday 7 September 2019 at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.

In partnership with Savanna Premium Cider, Chatz Connect, Kaya FM 95.9 and Channel24.

2019-04-24 16:50 Cape Town - The first in a series of events to be rolled out by the Savanna Comics' Choice Awards , local comedian Tsitsi Chiumya will be hosting this year's Savanna Newcomer Showcase.

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