Once again, comedian Skhumba Hlophe is the most nominated for the Savanna Comics Choice Awards at the Johannesburg’s Lyric Theatre on September 9.
The nominees were announced at Katzy’s in Rosebank on Tuesday.
The Tembisa-born comedian leads the stakes with four nods, with nominations in the categories comedian of the year, the flying solo comic award, the non-English comic award and the breakthrough award.
Hlophe has had a successful year with sold-out shows across the country as well as two TV shows besides being one of the breakfast show hosts on Kaya FM.
Speaking to The New Age, Hlophe said after being nominated a record four times last year and walking away with only one award, he was hell-bent on making a clean sweep this year.
“I do not want to lie and tell you I want to win one or two awards. I want to win them all. It is no joke, but the honest truth,” he said.
Following closely with three nods is Isibaya actress Celeste Ntuli who is nominated in the categories of flying solo, comic of the year and non-English comic.
This year’s biggest category is the comic of the year award which pits Hlophe alongside Loyiso Gola, Carvin H Goldstone and Kagiso KG Mokgadi.
Gola and Goldstone are also nominated three times.
Comedian and author Trevor Noah was not left behind. He received a nod for comics pen award, which pits him against the likes of Mojak Lehoko, Muzi Dlamini, Lazola Gola and Karabo Lediga.
Veteran comedian and founder of the awards John Vlismas unveiled actor, talk show host and philanthropist Cyril Green as this year’s reception of the life time achiever award.
This year’s awards unveiled a new category, the Pan-African comic award, which seeks to award comedians from the continent.
This category sees Lesotho’s comedian, Tshepo Mpiti, who has his work cut out for him fighting competition from fancied Africans, among them Patrick Salvador Idringi (Uganda), Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe), Nigeria’s Bright Okpocha also known as Basketmouth and Fernando Filipe from Angola.