Comedian John Vlismas announces Native Tongue Comedian of the Year nominees. Picture: IOL Entertainment

The nominees for the eighth annual Comics’ Choice Awards were announced at the Goliath Comedy Club in Gauteng on Wednesday. 

This year, Celeste Ntuli and Skhumba Hlophe are tied for the most nominated comedian, each with four nominations to their names. Ntuli is nominated in the Native Tongue, Flying Solo and the Gamechanger categories as well as in the new category, the Comedy G Award. Hlophe - who was the most nominated comedian last year - has also been nominated in the Native Tongue, Flying Solo and the Gamechanger as well as in the Savanna Comic of the Year category.

This pair of funny people are closely followed by Loyiso Gola and Carvin H Goldstone, who each have three nominations. The Comics Pen category, which is proudly sponsored by the Independent Media Group, has some names that have won this particular award before in the mix.

The nominees in this category are Kagiso Lediga, Christopher Steenkamp, Thenjiwe Moseley, Lazola Gola and Dalin Oliver.

Every year, there is a special Waldo - the statuettes that these comedians win - for the Lifetime Achiever. This year, the honour goes to Pieter Dirk Uys. On this award, the organisers of the Comics’ Choice Awards said: “The prestigious Lifetime Achiever Recipient Award is given to an act with 25 years or more experience in comedy. This act is voted as not having only dedicated their lives to comedy and stage performance, but having made an invaluable contribution to the industry.”

With just two months left before the actual awards ceremony takes place in Gauteng, it will be interesting to see who takes home what Waldo this year. 

The Comics’ Choice Awards take place at Gold Reef City’s The Lyric Theatre on September 8. Visit comicschoice.com for more info

See full list of nominees below.

COMEDY G AWARD* (new award launched this year)

David Kau

Marc Lottering

Loyiso Gola

Alan Committie

Celeste Ntuli

SAVANNA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Bongani Dube

Lindy Johnson

Tsitsi Chiumya

Gilli Apter

Nonto Rubushe

NEXT LEVEL AWARD

Eric Jansen

Phil de Lange

Thabiso Mhlongo

Chik Aljoy

Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

THE SAVANNA PAN AFRICAN COMIC OF THE YEAR

Basketmouth (Nigeria)

Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe)

Kansiime Anne Entertainer (Uganda)

Salvado (Uganda)

Charles Manase (Botswana)

THE NATIVE TONGUE AWARD

Skhumba Hlophe

Thapelo King Flat

Celeste Ntuli

Mashabela Galane

Siya Seya

THE FLYING SOLO AWARD

Carvin Goldstone

Celeste Ntuli

Loyiso Gola

Alfred Adriaan

Skhumba Hlophe

THE COMICS’ PEN AWARD

Kagiso Lediga

Christopher Steenkamp

Thenjiwe Moseley

Lazola Gola

Dalin Oliver

BEST FRIEND OF COMEDY AWARD

On Fire Comedy

Goliath Comedy Club

Gino Fernandez

#ER Comedy What What

#BlacksOnly - David Kau

THE GAMECHANGER AWARD

Carvin Goldstone

Skhumba Hlophe

Loyiso Gola

Celeste Ntuli

Kagiso Lediga

THE SAVANNA COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD

Carvin Goldstone

Mpho Modikoane

Skhumba Hlophe

Alfred Adriaan

Robby Collins

THE CHATZ CONNECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Abuti Lolo

Summary

Teboho Theoha

Pele-Pele Mchunu

Kwanda Radebe

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT

Pieter Dirk Uys