Cre­ative in­dus­tries awards en­chant

Top comics split sides in bat­tle for ti­tle Cul­tural il­lu­mi­nati hon­oured

The Sunday Independent - - Up ‘n About - LESEGO MAKGATHO AMANDA MALIBA Isi­baya The Ranakas

SOUTH AFRICA’S top co­me­di­ans went headto-head in quick-fire, comedic com­bat in sea­son 2 of the Com­edy Cen­tral

‘Roast Bat­tle South Africa’, which was recorded in front of a live au­di­ence in Mel­rose Arch’s The Venue over four nights this week.

Their only weapons were hurl­ing jokes, punchy one-lin­ers and side-split­ting in­sults.

Their quest? To out-joke, outdo and land the most mem­o­rable comedic feat of the night against their com­edy com­rades.

Guests en­joyed the show over a glass of wine, laugh­ing at the re­ally good jokes and cring­ing over the bad ones.

Heavy­weight co­me­di­ans Tumi Mo­rake and Kag­iso Lediga were on the judg­ing panel, with John Vlis­mas as host and Loyiso Madinga as ref­eree.

In each round of ‘Roast Bat­tle South Africa’, top co­me­di­ans ver­bally roust each other, jab­bing their op­po­nents from an ar­se­nal of five jokes each.

In the sec­ond sea­son, Vlis­mas picks up the mi­cro­phone as Roast Master amid well-known stand-up comics who are the con­tes­tants.

The host, guest judges and the stu­dio au­di­ence then de­cide who will pro­ceed to the semi-fi­nal and the fi­nals.

Among the coun­try’s top co­me­di­ans who are vy­ing for the ‘Roast Bat­tle South Africa’ crown are Mo­jak Le­hoko, Casper de Vries, Lihle Msi­mang, Chris For­rest, Nina Hastie, Ja­son Go­liath, La­zola Gola, Robby Collins and Dave Levin­sohn.

Com­edy Cen­tral ‘Roast Bat­tle South Africa’ is a seven-part TV se­ries which will pre­miere on Com­edy Cen­tral (DStv chan­nel 122) on July 12 at 9pm. @Le­segoMak­gatho

THE USIBA Cre­ative and Cul­tural In­dus­tries Awards hosted at Em­per­ors Palace was a night to re­mem­ber for the more than 1 000 who’s who of mu­sic, film, fash­ion, lit­er­a­ture and her­itage who at­tended the event.

Among the celebri­ties were stars from YoTV, re­al­ity show, vet­er­ans Mercy Pakela and Ihashi Elimhlophe.

ac­tor Ab­dul Khoza turned up like the star he is while busi­ness­woman Zanele Mbokazi was there along­side pre­sen­ter Lunga Tsha­bal­ala and ac­tresses Nam­bitha Mpuml­wana, Ayanda Ncwane and Zimkhitha Nyoka.

There were per­for­mances by vet­er­ans such as mu­si­cian Blondie Makhene, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Mbuso Khoza and gospel leg­end Re­becca Ma­lope, among oth­ers.

Staged in a gala din­ner for­mat, the en­tire night had an aura of el­e­gance, a beau­ti­ful re­minder of why Mzansi is such a great place to live in. ARTS ED­U­CA­TION: David Koloane

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