IT is no easy feat going up against comedians Carvin Goldstone, Loyiso Gola, Mashabela Galane and Skhumba Hlophe, but Tumi Morake, SA’s “first lady of comedy”, made history last Saturday, by being the first female to be crowned “Comic of the Year” at the 6th annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards. “I won. I didn’t know how much I wanted it until I won it. I wouldn’t have had the guts to do this without the support of my fans. And a big thank you to the comedy fraternity. “There are very few women playing in this game and the fact that these guys have taken notice means a lot. Now the queen shall truly reign,” she said. The hilarious variety show was held on Saturday, 3 September at the Teatro at Montecasino. The award proves that Morake is a formidable force in this male-dominated industry and follows on her recent win of Best Comedian at the 2016 You Spectacular Awards. When asked about her upcoming plans, she replied: “Can you believe that after 10 years doing stand-up, I still haven’t toured my own show? There’s no better time than now. I’ll be hitting the road later this year with the biggest one-woman show to hit African shores.” Morake will be performing all over South Africa and will also be crossing borders and taking her show to other African audiences. Since beginning her comedy career in smoky clubs in 2006, she has steadily grown into one of SA’s most sought after comedians. She has shared the stage with David Kau, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Chris Forrest and has earned her place as headliner in comedy festivals such as the Kings & Queens of Comedy. Beyond her comedy, Morake has been the face of major campaigns with Vodacom and Kellogg’s. 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 Sama Awards (Night 1) in 2012 and 2013. From being named one of the Free State’s icons, to the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. Morake’s continental claim to fame began as the host of The Big Brother Hot Room, a comical round-up of Big Brother Africa. She also spent two seasons on the judging panel of e.tv’s She’s the One. Her star continued to rise as host of the trending Our Perfect Wedding for a record three seasons after a public demand for her return. - Supplied.