Tumi Morake is from the Free State, grew up in North West and is now based in Gauteng. She studied Drama at Wits University in 2000 to 2003. She majored in performance and writing, focussing on the comedy. Always out to learn more, her career has seen her travelling to Prague, Paris and London.
Her comedy acting began in the student production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night were she played Feste, the clown. She’s worked on a number of theatre productions in lead roles, such as Another Child and 1\4 Life Crisis (both at the Grahamstown Arts Fest’), Maru at the Windybrow theatre, and Is this Africa, which was presented at the FNB Dance Umbrella and the African Dance Festival in Paris in 2006. She now works mainly in Industrial and educational theatre projects, among other things.
New to the stand up comedy scene, Tumi’s first stand up performance was scripted material for corporate events. She later went on to perform at the Rotaract charity event Best Medicine in the 2003 and 2004. She has since been booked for regular spots at different club venues around Gauteng by Parker Leisure Management, Whacked Management, Nu Breed Comedy and Nomad Comedy. Big comedy events include Have A Heart for Child Welfare, Woodstock 2006, Arts Alive (2006 and 2007), Women In Arts (2007), Tshwane Comedy Festival, Just Bcoz Comedy fest, King Size Comedy and Blacks Only (Real Concerts). Tumi’s comedy has been described as in your face and slightly provocative. But she’s funny, isn’t that the whole point?
One of the highlights of 2011 was when she was asked to perform at the Inaugural Comics Choice Awards, which took place at The Teatro in January 2011.
Her acting and writing career have now been heavily steered away from theatre and into television. TV credits include the support role of Pabi in Soul Buddies, SABC1, and the lead Millicent in Izoso Connection, SABC1. She is also credited as a writer in Izoso Connection. She’s also had cameo appearances in the flagship shows Justice For All, Nomzamo and City Ses’la. She is also among the team of writers for Nomzamo, an SABC sitcom going into its second season this year, and For Sale, a comedy drama on SABC3 in 2007. Also winning the Multichoice Vuka! Award for writing in the 30-second short film category in 2006.
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