LNN, Trevor Noah to boost SA comedy globally

The Late Nite News (LNN) with Loyiso Gola team can pat itself on the back for bagging a International Emmy Award nomination again. This follows its 2013 nomination. The eNCA’s weekly satirical news show is nominated in the best comedy category with international shows such as Please Like Me (Australia), The Mayor’s Wife (Brazil) and Wat als 2? (Belgium). 

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a total of 40 nominees from 19 countries who will be competing in 10 categories for International Emmys.

Last year LNN, which launched in 2010, didn’t get the nod but are hoping to walk away with the award at the black-tie ceremony that will be held in November 24 in New York City. The show’s anchor, Gola, tweeted on Monday night: “This Emmy nomination dedicated to those whose fought for freedom of speech in South Africa”.

Meanwhile, Britain has picked up a leading six international Emmy nominations, including best actor and actress nods for Stephen Dillane and Olivia Colman. Brazil had five nominations. Dillane, best known for his role as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, is nominated for portraying an ageing British police detective investigating a politically motivated serial killer in the British-French crime drama The Tunnel

The Tunnel, as a French entry, is among the nominees for best drama series. Colman is being recognised for her role as a detective investigating a young boy’s murder in the crime drama Broadchurch

Trevor Noah
Comedian Trevor Noah also has a reason to celebrate. He will be joining the Comedy Central Emmy award-winning satirical news show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart cast from December. Noah is no stranger to US audiences.

He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012 and Late Show with David Letterman last year, which made him the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on both late night shows. 

To celebrate LNN’s nomination, here are some of our top funny moments from the show:

Singing Deep Fried Man:

Who wants to win an RDP House? 

The Bold And The Corruptible:

When Mail & Guardian was denied access: 

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