Savanna Newcomer Comedy Showcase in May

What’s new, funny and stands on a stage? Twenty of South Africa’s up-and-coming stand-up comedians. Where will you see them? At the Savanna Newcomer Showcase on Sunday 29 May 2016 at the Soweto Theatre.

Book your place at this one-time-only experience where the freshest comedy talent is given the stage at the iconic Soweto Theatre to find out if they’re the funniest Newcomers around – funny enough to be nominated for the Savanna Newcomer Award at this year’s 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards®.

The Savanna Newcomer Showcase kicks off as the first event on this year’s Award’s calendar. Each of the 20 new comedians (many of whom have never performed to a large theatre audience) will have exactly five minutes to do a stand-up comedy set, while seasoned comedians and the comedy-loving public look – and laugh – on. The aim of the event is to give the Newcomers a platform to show the industry what they’re made of, so that the industry knows who to vote for.

What’s more, look forward to special guest performances and appearances by previous Savanna Newcomer Award winners Yaaseen Barnes (2015), Loyiso Madinga (2014), Schalk Bezuidenhout (2013), Dillan Oliphant (2012), and Deep Fried Man (2011) (pictured).

Even though the Savanna Newcomer Award is not open to public vote, as a special thank-you to comedy-lovers, members of the public attending the Showcase will be able to vote for their favourite comedian on the night. These public votes will be tallied together with the industry’s votes to select five nominees who’ll be announced on 6 July.

Doors open at the Soweto Theatre at 14h30 for a pre-show shish nyama, banging house tunes from Kaya FM DJ’s and a complimentary Savanna Premium Cider on arrival. Ticket holders will not only have the chance to mingle with the future of stand-up comedy before the Showcase kicks off at 16h30, but as this will be THE place to be, they’ll get to rub shoulders with the best comedians in SA and top local celebs.

As a long-time supporter of SA comedy, Savanna’s got the apples to support new comedy talent and has for the last four years given new comedians a platform to perform ahead of nominations, where otherwise they may not have had the chance.

“In the sharp-witted world of Savanna, with its signature take on intelligent humour, we are proud to be associated with the Savanna Newcomer Showcase – discovering new talent and helping young people forge their careers in comedy. Since the launch of the brand in 1996, comedy has been part of our DNA – not just through the left-of-centre characters in our iconic TV commercials, but also by supporting comedy festivals and shows throughout South Africa,” says Tania Kotze, Savanna SA Marketing Manager.

Tickets are only R100 and are on sale now at, Pick ‘n Pay stores and Tickets will also be on sale at the door (subject to availability).

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