12 September 2017

Skhumba and Basketmouth are Africa’s funny guys

The biggest comedy awards in South Africa, the Savanna Comic's Choice Awards has crowned Nigerian comedian Bright 'Basketmouth' Okpocha as the first Pan African comic of the year.

The Pan African comic of the year award was introduced for the first time this year at the seventh instalment of the award event. Basketmouth, who was one of the hosts for MTV's Ridiculousness Africa season one was honoured in this new category which aims to promote all African comedians.

Thank you @comicschoice I truly appreciate this.

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The comedy awards were held at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg to honour the best in South African comedy. The awards recognised from the new kid on the block to the veterans of comedy.

South African comedian, Skhumba Hlophe shone bright as he collected two of the most sought out awards, out of the four nominations. He took home the Comic of the Year and the Flying Solo awards and officially became the funniest man in SA.

Damn where do I start....... Wanna thank ALL the Comedians that took time and voted for me to be crowned as The Best Solo Act and Comic of The Year much respect and appreciation.... To My Family Thank you for being part of my growth and your support means a lot, Thank you.. To my team Sindi, Pablo, Mcking, King Flat, Isaac, Kamo, Jabu, Thabiso and Zulu yall fuckers know how much I appreciate all that you do for me and let's keep on keeping On..... To my Lady Didi thank you for understanding my shit and needs but mostly thank you for always having my back.... To David Kau u know how much I appreciate all u do mfana.... To my Kaya FM family thank you for the love and support, that Kaya FM microphone has taught me a lot and open soooooooooo many doors for me Thank you.... To my Fans and supporters yall just make me so emotional with all the love u have shown over the years and it keeps on growing, I can't thank you enough....... From Tembisa eCaprivi to An Award winning comedian, Wow...... BEST SOLO ACT AND COMIC OF THE YEAR....... #BLESSED #STAYINGFUNNY #BETHATGUY #GodShowingOff #ItsNotMyTimeButItsMyTurn #BreakingBoundries #DopeSince1632

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Other winners include Loyiso Gola for the Breakthrough Award, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane for the Intermediate Award, Thabiso Mhlongo for Newcomer of the year, Mduduzi Ntuli for the Audience Choice Award, the Comic's Pen Award went to Mojak Lehoko, and Salesman took home the Non-English Comic while Goliath & Goliath team grabbed the Nando's Best Friend of Comedy award.

The Savanna Comic's Choice Awards paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipient and comedy veteran Cyril Green, who died last month.

Thulile Gama