Savanna Newcomer Showcase 2019 comediansThe Savanna Newcomer Showcase 2019 happens on Sunday 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg.

Savanna Premium Cider and the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards have confirmed the 24 newcomer comedians who’ll be on stage.

The pre-show party with food, drink and DJ’s starts at 2.30pm, and the show is at 4.30pm.

Tsitsi Chiumya, who won last year’s Savanna Newcomer of the Year Award, plus a SAFTA, will be this year’s host.

Savanna Newcomer Showcase 2019 comedians

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

Bumper number of registrations

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 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.

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 comedian

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

The Savanna Newcomer Showcase takes place on Sunday 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg.

No under 16’s. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

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.

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