Tumi Morake LOVES to entertain. And she moved her own goalposts when she co-hosted the Jacaranda FM Breakfast show.
Whether performing a comedy routine for a top SA company, ad-libbing her way through the prize-giving at a Golf Day – OR assuming the mantle of Master or Ceremonies or Programme Director at a prestigious Awards Ceremony. Tumi always brings just the right mix of elegance and decorum – with her unique sense of the absurd – in just the right proportions.
She 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 2007.
She 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 in the SAFTA award-winning City Ses’la.
As one of the few successful female comedians on the corporate and commercial scene, Tumi has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Stuart Taylor and Chris Forrest at most of THE South African comedy festivals.
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. In 2006 she 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.