Tumi Morake

Riaan Manser

Tumi Morake is a performer at heart. Her acting career began in 2004. On discovering a knack for comedy, she branched off onto the standup comedy circuit in 2006. Tumi has performed on stage, on television and in films; in English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana and Isizulu all over South Africa. Her credits include supporting roles in the international award-winning films Jerusalema, Skin and Joburg. On television, she played the lead roles of Millicent in SABC1’s hit sitcom Izoso Connection and Persistence in SABC 2's Askies. She also played cameo roles on Justice For All and the SAFTA award-winning City Ses’la.

Tumi has managed to keep a firm footing as one of a handful of successful female comedians on the corporate and commercial scene. She has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Stuart Taylor, Chris Forrest and John Vlismas at festivals such as Whack Jobs, Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, King Size Comedy, Have a Heart, Just Because Comedy Festival, The Tshwane Comedy Festival, The Lifestyle SA Festival and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters. In 2007, she MC’d at the 8th annual Woodstock Festival.

Tumi was a headlining act at the first Annual Comic’s Choice Awards 2011 and brought the house down with her hilarious irreverent style. She will also be the only female comedian at the popular “Blacks Only” Comedy Show in 2011.

The highlight of her career has been being a part of the 46664 “It’s No Joke” line-up which has various shows throughout the 2010 year for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Also, a writer and burgeoning theatre director, Tumi has directed educational theatre for Arrep Theatre For Life, and written on a handful of television dramas and sitcoms, including the flagship show SABC 1’s Nomzamo. In 2006 Getting It On, a short film she co-wrote, won an award for Best Short Cut at the prestigious VUKA! Awards.

Latest News:

January 20, 2011
Not only is she the new face of SABC’s LOL Tumi Morake is also the “It Girl” on the South African comedy circuit.  Featured in the January 2011 issue of Fair Lady, Tami claims that she got into comedy because “I needed beer money and I was between jobs”.  Top SA Comedian and Founder of the 1st Annual South African Comics Choice Awards John Visas says of Tumi “I’m a huge fan of Tumi Morake-she has taken her work to another level, where her gender doesn’t matter-and that’s a huge landmark in SA Comedy”.

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