CAPE TOWN – Puppet Nation ZA, the South African satirical news program broadcast weekly on StarTimes’ Star One channel and online on www.zanews.co.za, has again been recognised in the Best TV Comedy script category by the Writers’ Guild of South Africa.
Puppet Nation, now in its 9th year, features a cast of latex local and international celebrities and politicians, from Nelson Mandela to Donald Trump, Julius Malema to Kanye West. Produced by Cape Town based production company Both Worlds, Puppet Nation ZA is broadcast across Africa on StarSat, the pan-african satellite platform, and has garnered a slew of accolades including seventeen South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS), ten IAB Bookmarks and two International Emmy nominations.
The win affirms what countless people already know to be true. Whether it’s Nelson Mandela – who said, “Ah, I believe I’ve met this gentleman before” when he first met his puppet – or Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who called the show ”an antibiotic for those who take themselves too seriously”, or the hundreds of thousands of ordinary South Africans who like, love, laugh at and share Puppet Nation’s videos across social media; Puppet Nation is one of South Africa’s most treasured comedic offerings.
Commenting on the win, Head Writer for Puppet Nation Karen Jeynes: “This second win is a testament to the continuous dedication and hard work of our writing team, and everyone at Puppet Nation who enable us to do what we do. In 2017 more than ever satire is really important, and we will continue to make the best and sharpest satire we can, as long as local and international politicians give us the material.”