Noah voted king of comedy
Though now living in Los Angeles on a two-year residency, South African comedian Trevor Noah's star hasn't dimmed back home.
Noah was named last night as the Comic of the Year at the second annual Comics' Choice awards ceremony, at Montecasino, northern Johannesburg, ahead of Nik Rabinowitz, Riaad Moosa and Loyiso Gola.
The Comic of the Year award is handed to a comedian who has at least four years of professional comedy experience, and is seen as having made the most impact in the industry.
Noah tweeted a prophetic acceptance speech on Monday, saying: "Thank you to all the fans back home and every new fan I've made. You give me the confidence to go anywhere in the world."
Unlike last year’s inaugural ceremony, last night’s ceremony definitely felt complete — even beefed up by a slew of celebrities, including Edith Venter, Gerry Elsdon, Mandla N of Gang of Instrumentals, David Kau and even some comics who weren't nominated, including Tumi Morake and Marc Lottering were in the audience for the two-and-a-half-hour show.
Actresses Kagiso Rakosa, Letoya Mangezi and Sophie Ndaba were also in attendance.
Joe Parker followed last year's winner, Mel Miller, in picking up the Lifetime Achiever gong.
What worked so well last year was kept intact this year - winners were allowed five minute sets after accepting their awards, instead of "boring" speeches.
Dillan Oliphant, winner of the Nando's Comedy Showdown 2010, was named Newcomer of the Year ahead of Donovan Goliath, Monique Nortjie and Jason Goliath.
Sifiso Nene won the Audience Choice award - an award voted for by the public by SMS.
Nene trumped Noah, Deep Fried Man and Eddie Eckstein, amd Tats Nkonzo won the Blackberry Breakthrough award, for which he was nominated alongside Mpho "Popps" Modikoane, Deep Fried Man and Robby Collins.
Alyn Adams won The Times Comic Pen award.
This is a new award based on feedback from comics on an act using original material, or written or drawn work, that made the biggest contribution to the industry in 2011.