Comic Carvin Goldstone snubbed the Savanna Comic's Choice Awards and won two awards in absentia.
DURBAN - Durban funny man Carvin Goldstone, who won big at the 8th annual Savanna Comics Choice Awards, snubbed the event which took place at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City last night.

The comedian scooped comic of the year as well as flying solo awards.

Goldstone’s victory came on the back of fiery encounters with the organisers in July when he raised concerns about the nominations of certain comics, who he said had not met the criteria to be shortlisted.

He alleged the nomination of the comics was cheating the industry as a whole, as they would promote themselves under the banner of being nominated for the big awards, undeserving.

Goldstone called for the suspension of the awards to allow an independent audit to look into the nominations and, as this was not abided by, he avoided the event and was at a friend’s wedding in Durban instead.

He said he would only accept the awards once an audit had been completed and communicated publicly.

“We want checks and balances to be put in place. In this case, there is one company which manages the awards and also manages people who enter for the awards. For me, there’s a conflict of interest.

“If you work for Shoprite or Coca Cola, your family can’t enter for competitions from those companies. This makes all of us look stupid, don’t contaminate the awards with your conflicts of interests,” he said.

Back at Gold Reef City, the glittering affair saw a plethora of comedians grace the yellow carpet.

Kagiso Lediga once again took home the comics’ pen award.

This was not his first Waldo - the name of the statuettes the comedians win - and, after the year he has had with the likes of Catching Feelings being released on the big screen and on Netflix, it was well-deserved.

Lediga was up against another previous Waldo recipient, Christopher Steenkamp as well as Thenjiwe Moseley, Lazola Gola and Happy Hour by Dalin Oliver and Carl Weber.

Gino Fernandez broke the Goliath and Goliath streak and won the best friend of comedy Waldo.

This year, the awards received more than 300 entries for 12 categories with 55 nominees.

But obviously, not everyone can be crowned a comedy king or queen.

The awards pride themselves on being the only ceremony where one does not deliver an acceptance speech. Instead, winning comedians are required to deliver a gag.

And the winners were: 

  • Savanna Newcomer of the Year: Tsitsi Chiumya
  • Chatz Connect Audience Choice Award: Abuti Lolo
  • Comic’s Pen:  Kagiso Lediga
  • Next Level: Phil de Lange
  • Flying Solo: Carvin Goldstone
  • Lifetime Achiever: Pieter-Dirk Uys
  • Game Changer: Loyiso Gola
  • Best Friend of Comedy: Gino Fernandez
  • Native Tongue: Siya Seya
  • Comedy G: David Kau
  • Savanna Pan-African Comic of the Year: Basketmouth (Nigeria)
  • Savanna Comic of the Year: Carvin Goldstone
The winners at the 2018 Savanna Comic Choice Awards.
The winners at the 2018 Savanna Comic Choice Awards.
SUNDAY TRIBUNE