Martin Rocka and Alyn Adams perform for the audience at the Comics Choice Awards on Saturday night. Picture: FATI MOALUSI
The first annual Comic's Choice Awards took place at The Teatro Theatre in Montecasino, Fourways Saturday night.
Funnyman, Riaad Moosa, won the coveted Comics Choice Award but accepted it via a pre-recorded video. Other award winners included Mel Miller - considered The Godfather of SA Comedy - who was given the honour of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
All the award winners were chosen by the comics who had registered to take part in the inaugural Comic's Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award was the only one that saw the public vote for their favourite comedian via SMS.
The Newcomer Award was won by Deep Fried Man who sang his acceptance speech. He later returned to the stage sans guitar to perform Cheesy Music (a Danny K and Mandoza parody) with fellow comedian, Mojack.
Bevan Cullinan was the recipient of the Audience Choice Award while TV star and well known theatre practitioner, Rob van Vuuren, took home the Breakthrough Award.
They might not have been awarded this time around but the female stand-up comedians kept the audience enthralled. Shimmy Isaacs and Tumi Morake represented.
The Comic's Choice Awards included stand-up comedy, mime and musical comedy and were a celebration of excellence in South African comedy.