The 2017 instalment of the Savanna Comics' Choice Awards (Savanna CCAs) celebrated humour that aims to break down barriers and open borders between African countries. It was the first year the Savanna Pan-African Award was handed out, with the five nominees being flown in from Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Lesotho.
The gist of the show was a parody of current affairs, with Hlaudi Motsoeneng (played by previous Savanna CCA award winner KG Mokgadi) interrupting the show to take over and ‘save it’ with a budget of R200-million.
Comedy sketches were interwoven with stand-up as the awards were handed out. Mcebisi Jonas was invited to present the Waldo to the 2017 Savanna Comic of the Year.
John Vlismas directed the show and says he was most proud of the tribute to the late Cyril Green, who was announced as the LifetimeAchiever recipient before he passed away in July.
The awards, and after party, took place on Saturday, 9 September at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City. VUZU Amp DStv Channel 103 will be airing, in the coming weeks, a Savanna CCA special, which will show highlights from the 2017 awards show.
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