Tumi Morake is quickly becoming a spokesperson for smart, brave and open-minded young South Africans. Hardly just Oprah with a sailor's mouth - this lady has no problem taking the stage in a previously male-dominated society.
"When I watch Tumi on stage, it becomes irrelevant what her gender is, she is just a belly-laugh delivering social sledge hammer. Her content is very relevant, edgy and incisive - basically, I'm saying her comedy gives me wood," says producer, John Vlismas.
HerStory is Tumi's first outing as a solo comic, and she is keen to give the audience something more than the usual "spotlight, mic and curtain" production.
"That's exactly why I'm excited that Whacked: Special Project is working with me on this," says Tumi, "they have a track record of spending money on production, making sure that the audience gets a really good experience from the time they arrive at the venue, until it's over, and that's what my first show needs to be."
"We are working on a show that will be up to the standard we have set for our previous shows, but completely redesigned and imaged around Tumi's creative input and content," says Taffia Keight.
Morake has become a headline comic with blazing speed, and an energy that doesn’t bow to anyone or thing. Join her as she takes a look at her journey so far from sassy, single and racially curious girl to settled, sober and seriously insane South African woman.
What better way to commemorate Women's Month than to spend an evening listening to someone who will tickle you silly? It's the perfect opportunity to take your partner out and show them that you are committed to celebrating intelligent and outspoken women, which may just lead to getting lucky - with all due respect, of course.
Not for the faint-hearted, or the President.
More about Tumi
Tumi Morake is a performer at heart. Her acting career began in 2004.
On discovering a knack for comedy, she branched off onto the stand-up 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 and Chris Forrest; 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?s the only female among international and local acts at the 2009 Vodacom Funny Festival. The highlight of her career has been being apart of the 46664 It?s No Joke line-up.
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.
Tumi loves walks on the beach, which doesn’t help her because she is based in the concrete jungle that is Johannesburg.