Savanna unleashes the future of SA comedy

Savanna Premium Cider has set the scene for the discovery of the next big name in South African comedy with the announcement of the five nominees for the 2016 Savanna Newcomer Award.


This year’s finalists, Snooze Kambuwa, Farhan Esat, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Phil de Lange and Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola all have the apples to take on the comedy scene after strutting their stuff at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase, held at the Soweto Theatre in May. The Savanna Newcomer Award will be announced in September at the 6th Annual South African Comics’ Choice Awards®.


“Comedy in South Africa is a growing industry and Savanna understands what it takes to make it in the industry from the brand’s involvement with comedians for the past 20 years. Savanna certainly has the apples to help discover new talent and give them a leg up onto the big stage to launch their careers in comedy,” says Tania Kotze, Savanna SA Marketing Manager.


A platform for new and undiscovered talent, the annual Savanna Newcomer Showcase helps newbie comics gain exposure amongst new and larger audiences as a kick-start to their comedy careers. Previous Savanna Newcomers who have become giants of South African comedy include Deep Fried Man in 2011, Dillan Oliphant in 2012, Schalk Bezuidenhout in 2013, Loyiso Madinga in 2014 and Yaaseen Barnes in 2015.


This year’s Savanna Newcomer nominees represent new, diverse stand-up acts. Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola is ready to take his act as class clown from the University of Johannesburg to stages around the country. He is also a nominee for the Savanna Audience Choice Comic Award, the only award open to public votes at this year’s South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards®.


Another Johannesburg nominee, Farhan Esat, was a semi-finalist at last year’s Swiss Montreux International Comedy Competition and is a co-host of the weekly GAS Comedy Show on CliffCentral.

Apart from stand-up comedy, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, also based in Johannesburg, is a sketch actor and writer, with TV-appearances on SABC2’s Bantu Hour and ANN7 sports show, Game On.


Malawian born nominee Snooze Kambuwa, performed at Africa’s first Comedy Central International Comedy Festival last year, another Savanna sponsored event.


Cape Town nominee, Phil de Lange, cracks jokes while playing the ukulele on stages across the Mother City including the Savanna-aligned Cape Town Comedy Club.


The winner of the Savanna Newcomer Award will be announced at the 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® on 3 September 2016 at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Voting for the Savanna Audience Choice Comic Award can be done via SMS to 37303 using the unique code available at SMS costs R1.50 per message and is limited up to 20 votes per mobile number.


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More about the 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards®:

For the love of laughter


The 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® will be held at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg on 3 September 2016. The show, directed by well-known comedian and TV director, Rob van Vuuren, promises to be a hilarious variety show comprising sketches, stand-up, impressionists, celebrity performances and witty one liners delivered by SA’s top comedians.


The 10 award categories are:

The Savanna Newcomer Comic

The Intermediate Comic

The Comics’ Pen Award

The Comic of the Year

The Lifetime Achiever Award

The Flying Solo Comic Award

The Non-English Comic Award

Best Friend of Comedy

The Breakthrough Award (new)

The Savanna Audience Choice Comic (only category open to public vote)


For more information or tickets to the awards, visit, Facebook:, Twitter: @ComicsChoice #SavannaCCA

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