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.
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