Comedian Trevor Noah at the opening of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival at The Globe, Silverstar Casino in Muldersdrift, Mogale city on November 25, 2015.
We’ve also seen the rise of magnificent female leads in our favourite TV series and local woman making their mark on the stand up comedy scene.
Read about all this and more in this round up of some of the best celebrity and entertainment stories from 2015:
1) From Isidingo extra to Daily Show host: Trevor Noah’s rise to fame
We chart Trevor Noah’s rise to stardom.
2) 7 young South Africans who’ve made it big on the world stage
There’s no shortage of talented – or good looking – creatives coming out of South Africa. Here are some of our most famous young exports, 30 and under, who are making their mark on stages, screens and runways across the globe.
3) What do TV’s hottest new shows have in common? Kickass female leads
This year has seen some powerful characters taking the lead in top series and a lot of them have one thing in common. Pearl Boshomane expands on the rise of the ‘kickass’ female lead.
4) 10 things we learned about Cassper Nyovest during our exclusive interview with him
Cassper Nyovest was one of the biggest stories this year with his #FillUpTheDome success. We caught up with him before the event and learned a lot about this trailblazer.
5) Is Steve Hofmeyr really as racist as he seems?
Steve Hofmeyr has made a movie about farm murders. Yolisa Mkele sat down with the right-winger and heard a voice that struck him as more sad than dangerous.
6) 10 things you need to know about Somizi, Idols SA’s quirkiest judge
Somizi took up a spot as an Idols judge an injected bold and beautiful magic to the show. Fabulous and flamboyant, he took no prisoners and spoke his mind.
7) Heckle if you dare: Celeste Ntuli & SA’s sisters of standup
SA’s funny women are exploding sexist myths about the art of comedy, one gag at a time. Leigh-Anne Hunter shot the breeze with three of the best – Nina Hastie, Celeste Ntuli and Tracey Lee Oliver.
8) The Charlize conundrum: Sex symbol & feminist
Gwydion Beynon on how Charlize Theron took on the Hollywood machine – and won.