A ventriloquist, a woman, a doctor and a couple of Goliaths walk into a bar...
Sound like the start of a bad joke? It's not - they're all nominees in The 3rd Annual South African Comic's Choice Awards (CCA's).
South Africa's comedians have voted, and the nominees in each category have been selected. Now winning a prestigious Waldo is no longer a dream, but a one in four chance for each nominee.
And the nominees are...!
The Savanna Newcomer Award, Loyiso Madinga, Eureka Nkese, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Kagiso Mokgadi
The BlackBerry® Breakthrough Act Award, Deep Fried Man, Mpho Popps Modikoane, Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath
The Comic's Choice Comic Of The Year Award, Trevor Noah, Loyiso Gola, Tumi Morake, Riaad Moosa
The Times Comic's Pen Award, Chester Missing, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Rob van Vuuren
The nominees were announced (to cheers and applause) by previous winners Sifiso Nene, Dillan Oliphant, Joe Parker and Alyn Adams, who entertained everyone at the press event by doing a few minutes of stand-up. 2011 winner Deep Fried Man had the room in hysterics with his trademark "stand-up comedy with a guitar".
While the nominees were voted for by their comedic peers, there is still one funnyman (or woman) who will be selected by the public's vote in the Savanna Audience Choice category.
Voting in this category only stays open until 8pm on 20 August 2013 and you could WIN a VIP experience to the Awards if you SMS your favourite comedian's unique code to 38374. You can vote 20 times (if you can't choose just one favourite comedian!).
Vote for one of these four...!
The Savanna Audience Choice Award:
Mashabela Galane - Unique code - 1197
Sifiso Nene - Unique code 1187
Thapelo TIPS Seemise - Unique code 1150
Khanyisa Bunu - Unique code 1209
The sixth - and final - Waldo is awarded to the Lifetime Achievement recipient on the spot! Beloved 'cousin' Barry Hilton was the recipient with the highest number of votes in this special category for comedians with 25 years' experience
The Lifetime Achievement recipient is always 'honoured' at a special night at Parker's a few weeks before the event.
Join a panel of 'Grill Masters' as they tear Barry a new one at 'The Grilling of a Lifetime, where he'll be subjected to comedic insults, praise and downright abuse! Pop down to Parker's at 8pm on Tuesday 13 August or book your tickets in advance from the venue to avoid disappointment.
The formal award ceremony takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino on 24 August 2013, in association with The Times, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM.
Limited tickets are available to public, so book now through Computicket.
Event Info: www.comicschoice.co.za
Twitter: @ComicsChoice: #CCA2013
Tickets: Computicket (www.computicket.co.za
) from R230 to R270.