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Want to be the first to see SA’s hottest new talent strut their stuff on the comedy stage?  Then grab your tickets for the highly anticipated Savanna Newcomer Showcase, an absolute must on the annual comedy calendar. These are the people you’re going to start seeing on comedy line-ups and in TV commercials, so this is your chance to see them live first.

Taking place on Sunday afternoon, 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, twenty-four emerging, talented comedians from across the country will be given five minutes in front of the packed theatre to deliver the best comedy routine they’ve got, all in the hopes of being crowned at this year’s Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards (CCA’s) later on this year.  

It’s always a hoot as newcomers stand proud, belt out their punchlines and relish in the applause of a sold-out crowd.  Of course, you get the odd one or two that bomb too, but that’s all part of the fun. 

As the first in a series of this year’s events rolled out by the CCA’s, The Savanna Newcomer Showcase is a platform created by longstanding comedy partners Savanna Premium Cider and the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards to give up-and-coming comedians their time to shine, and to give the industry an inkling of who to vote for.

The Newcomer Showcase party kicks off earlier in the outdoor precinct of the theatre with Kaya FM DJ’s spinning chilled Sunday beats and great food and drink, also included in your ticket.

‘It’s all about creating an unmissable afternoon of comedy, new friendships and good times’, comments Diego Jacobs, Savanna’s Brand Activation Manager. ‘This year we have gourmet food trucks and are creating an epic party buzz outside before the comedy starts indoors, it’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon’.

This year’s instalment will be hosted by the hilarious Tsitsi Chiumye who won last year’s Savanna Newcomer of the Year Award as well as a SAFTA and is a rising star in SA comedy.  Hailing from Limpopo he was singled out by South Africa’s greatest comedy export; Trevor Noah, to take part in the new comedy TV series, Trevor Noah Presents: NationWild. Tsitsi also appeared on BBC Arts Hour, which featured Spike Lee in the same season. 

The Savanna Newcomer Showcase takes place on Sunday 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg. The pre-show party with food, drink & DJ’s starts at 2.30pm, the show starts at 4.30pm.

It’s sold out every year, so hurry and book your seats. 

Tickets are R250 and include a Savanna Premium Cider and a meal Click here

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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