Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake

Screenwriter & producer

about

Tumi Morake began her career in 2006 and since has steadily grown into one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians, earning the title of South Africa’s First Lady of Comedy. Tumi was also the first African woman to have her own set on Netflix and is known to be the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents in Africa. Following the success of her debut one woman show Herstory in 2011, Morake took the show to Edinburgh in 2013 and has toured internationally. As a producer her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Nigth1) in 2012 and 2013 and was awarded the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. Tumi was nominated for the coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013 and in 2015 she was nominated in the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. She was voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian 2016. Tumi’s memoir And Then Mama Said was published by Penguin Random House SA in 2018 and she is currently penning her second book. Tumi co-created and starred in the award winning stageplay Tease! (Makhanda National Arts Festival, Market Theatre) which is being developed with her co-creators Vanessa Frost and Jose Domingos for television.

 

Represented by David Kayser