Loyiso Gola stars in "Outrageous" in which he and fellow comedians make the audience laugh about such diverse subjects as culture, race, sex, love, family, religion and politics. Picture: handout

Two of South African TV-viewers’ favourite shows are up for International Emmys.

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has unveiled the nominees for the International Emmy Awards.

Among them are Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, pictured, a collaboration between eNCA (e News Channel Africa) and Diprente – one of four nominees in the comedy category.

And in the “non-scripted entertainment” category, MasterChef South Africa – its first season, won by Deena Naidoo – by Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media, is one of four nominees.

Winners will receive awards on November 25 at the 41st International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.

Upon hearing the news, Gola tweeted: “Late Nite News gets an Emmy nomination. This life thing is humbling.”

His colleague on the show, Ugandan-born comedian David Kibuuka, tweeted: “Well done 2the team & the fans,but most importantly thanks to Juju & Jacob who gave us material for days” – a reference to the serially satirised pair, former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and President Jacob Zuma.

Pierre Cloete, M-Net’s Channel Director, said of the Emmy nomination: “To have the international benchmark of TV award ceremonies recognise MasterChef South Africa season 1 with a nomination for Best International Reality Series is not only an honour, but also a huge endorsement to all parties involved.

“We’d like to congratulate the series producers – Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media – for creating such a high quality series. We look forward to hearing the results of this prestigious nomination.”

Harriet Gavshon, executive producer from Quizzical Pictures, said: “Masterchef SA is made by a brilliant team and is a testament to the calibre of South African talent in every department... and the viewers who have supported (it).

“It’s an honour to be considered amongst our international peers and to represent the South African television industry.”

• Gola will perform Loyiso Gola Live at the Baxter from November 19 to 23. - Cape Argus